I am an anthropologist of ethnic Chinese communities in Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia. Currently, I have on-going research projects on Chinese identity politics in Indonesia, Indonesian diaspora politics, and the relationship between China and ethnic Chinese communities in Southeast Asia.
I teach as an Assistant Professor of Humanities (Education) at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University, where I am also the Coordinator of the School’s Global Asia second major. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow of History at the School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, and then a Visiting Fellow in the Indonesia Studies Programme at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, both in Singapore.
I received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. My forthcoming book ‘Memories of Unbelonging: Ethnic Chinese Identity Politics in Post-Suharto Indonesia’ (under contract with University of Hawai’i Press) was developed from my Doctoral dissertation and examines how collective memories of past anti-Chinese discrimination influence contemporary Chinese Indonesian identity politics.
My expert commentary has been sought after by international media outlets such as The Economist, The New York Times, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, Financial Times, The LA Times, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Channel NewsAsia among others. I regularly write opinion/non-academic pieces on matters to do with identity politics in Indonesia, and I also co-host Talking Indonesia, a fortnightly podcast about Indonesian politics and society.
Over the years, I have also worked as an ethnographic researcher, lecturer, political risk analyst, and research project manager in Australia and Singapore. I am a keen traveller and a collector of snowglobes.