Identity and Ethnic Relations in Southeast Asia: Racializing Chineseness


Modern nation states do not constitute closed entities. This is true especially in Southeast Asia, where Chinese migrants have continued to make their new homes over a long period of time, resulting in many different ethnic groups co-existing in new nation states. Focusing on the consequences of migration, and cultural contact between the various ethnic groups, this book describes and analyses the nature of ethnic identity and state of ethnic relations, both historically and in the present day, in multi-ethnic, pluralistic nation states in Southeast Asia. Drawing on extensive primary fieldwork in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, the book examines the mediations, and transformation of ethnic identity and the social incorporation, tensions and conflicts and the construction of new social worlds resulting from cultural contact among different ethnic groups.

Table of contents :

Front Matter….Pages i-viii
Racializing Chineseness….Pages 1-29
Rethinking Assimilation and Chineseness in Thailand….Pages 31-55
One Face, Many Masks: The Chinese in Singapore….Pages 57-82
Sama Makan tak Sama Makan: The Chinese in Malaysia….Pages 83-110
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Chinese in Indonesia….Pages 111-145
Half-Chinese or Three-Quarters Chinese: The Chinese in Contemporary Burma….Pages 147-174
A Love-Hate Relationship: The Chinese in Vietnam….Pages 175-200
Hybridization and Chineseness in the Philippines….Pages 201-232
Conclusion: Whither Chineseness….Pages 233-247
Back Matter….Pages 249-274