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China’s presence in the Southeast Asian region has been significantly visible for centuries. It has contributed to the making of Southeast Asia from age to age, dating back to the 1st century, and has helped shape the dynamics of the region’s economic, political, and cultural development to the present. The nature of China’s relations with countries in the region also varies from one country to another, depending on the historical contexts of each, and thus making it complex and challenging to be studied.

China’s cultural innovation manifests in its ideas, values, and products which spread and influence cultural development in Southeast Asia. Evidence of cultural encounters dates back to thousands of years ago in almost all parts of the region. Since the 2000s, China has been rapidly globalized, and using the slogan “rising in peace”, today China has become a world’s superpower with a determining role to play. This situation naturally presents opportunities as well as ‘threats’ to many nations across the globe.

It is safe to say that China’s presence in the region is undeniable and becomes inevitable to whatever trajectory and shape Southeast Asia will take in the future. Studies and research are still urgently needed on various countries in the region to obtain a better picture of China’s impact on each of the countries along the span of history in multiple sectors, and eventually to better understand what the region will be in the future in terms of its relations with China.

The study of Chinese diasporic communities in Indonesia has been somewhat disconnected from the external dynamics that is closely related to what happens in China and the East Asian and Southeast Asian regions in general. Research and knowledge production about contemporary Chinese-Indonesian communities, for instance, seem to be conducted as if in isolation and detached from other Chinese diasporic communities in the Southeast Asian region, and even more so as far as the mainland China is concerned. There is a strategic need to reconnect the studies of Chinese diaspora to changes and new developments taking place in China, not because of any essentialist goal but particularly because China has become a new global economic and cultural phenomenon known as the “rising China”.

Taking into accounts the changes and development happening in the mainland China in the studies of Chinese communities outside China will open up new possibilities and horizons in the research and scholarship on Chinese diasporic communities in Indonesia as well as in the larger context of Southeast Asia.

Therefore, the 4th International Conference on Chinese-Indonesian Studies (ICCIS) held at the Faculty of Humanities Universitas Indonesia in 2017 will expand its traditional boundaries of exploration from merely focusing at Chinese-Indonesian communities to looking at diasporic communities in a larger context or scope that encompasses the Southeast Asian region, and by also looking closer at what has taken place in China from a historical perspective all the way to the contemporary era.

Theme and Subthemes

The main theme of the 4th ICCIS in 2017 is “China’s Impact on Southeast Asia and Its Diasporic Communities: Past, Present, Future” is expected to draw a wide array of ideas and research findings into discussion and exchange of knowledge among scholars working on China and its relations with Southeast Asia, as well as open up new areas of research on Chinese communities outside China.

Subthemes that the seminar would like to see raised and explored are, among others:

  1. Chinese Migration and Transnational Mobility in Southeast Asia
  2. Popular Culture and Other Forms of China’s ‘Soft’ Cultural Diplomacy in Southeast Asia
  3. China’s Economic Policy and Strategy in Southeast Asia
  4. China’s Foreign Policy and Relations with Southeast Asian Countries
  5. China’s Historical Cultural Contribution to Southeast Asia
  6. Stories and Histories of Chinese Diasporic Communities in Southeast Asia
  7. Rising China and Southeast Asian Responses
  8. China’s Role in the Cold War and Its Effects on Southeast Asia
  9. Southeast Asia’s Positioning and Strategies towards China’s Global Dominance
  10. Southeast Asia’s Representation in China’s Vision and Imagination
  11. Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration and Its Impact on China
  12. Southeast Asia’s Appropriation of Chinese Cultural Values through the Studies of Chinese Language and Literature
  13. Southeast Asia’s Past in Chinese Ancient Archives and Documents
  14. The emergence of China’s economic power and its implications for Chinese business in Southeast Asia
  15. The formation of Chinese diasporic communities in Indonesia
  16. Returning Diasporic Chinese to China and its problematics
  17. Cultural diversity of Chinese communities across the Indonesian archipelago
  18. Cultural artefacts and arts of the diaspora in Indonesia
  19. Chinese diaspora’s globalization and “second migration” to a third country
  20. Diasporic Chinese investment and business competition in China and other countries

And other relevant subthemes or topics proposed by presenters.

Keynote Speakers

The opening Keynote Lecture will be delivered by Prof. Antonia Finnane (School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia), and the closing Keynote Remark will be delivered by Dr. Adrianus L.G. Waworuntu (Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia).

Plenary Speakers (tentative)

  • Zhang Zhenjiang (School of Overseas Chinese and International Studies, Jinan University, Guangzhou, China)
  • Shi Xueqin (Department of Southeast Asian studies, Xiamen University, China)
  • Danny Wong (Malaysia Institute of Chinese Studies, Malaysia)
  • Nobuhiro Aizawa (Department of Cultural studies, Graduate School of Integrated Sciences for Global Society, Kyushu University, Japan)
  • Goh Beng Lan (Department of Southeast Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore)
  • Hermina Sutami (Chinese Studies Program, Linguistics Department, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia)
  • Josh Stenberg (Department of Chinese Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Sydney, Australia)
  • R. Tuty Nur Mutia E.M. (Chinese Studies Program, Department of History, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia)
  • Setefanus Suprajitno (Graduate Program in Linguistics, Literature, and Cultural Studies, Faculty of Letters, Petra Christian University)
  • Siauphing Souphan Sanjaya, M.A., Ph.D (Maranatha Christian University)
  • Tarumanegara University:
  • Soegijapranata Catholic University:

Date and Venue

The 4th International Conference on Chinese-Indonesian Studies will be held on 22 – 24 August 2017 at the Faculty of Humanities Campus, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, West Java, Indonesia.

A day-tour to Bogor’s Chinatown (Suryakencana) and Botanical Garden is planned for the 24th of August. Participants will leave on the commuter’s train from the Universitas Indonesia Station at 9am and be back to campus by chartered buses around 5pm. Pre-registration is required with a fee of Rp 100,000.00 (for transportation).

Paper Submission

The 4th ICCIS Committee invites papers on related subthemes from all disciplinary backgrounds. The paper shall consist of an abstract, a brief author’s bio, a 4000-4500-word presentation of ideas/research findings, and a bibliography.

The paper shall be submitted online via the 4th ICCIS website: by the due date of May 15, 2017 in document (.doc) format. Accepted papers will be announced on June 15, 2017.

Selected papers will be included inpublication in internationally reputable and indexed journals.

Paper shall be written in English. Presentation could be conducted either in English or Mandarin or Indonesian. Presenters are expected to prepare a 15-minute Powerpoint presentation in English.


Registration due date is 10 August 2017. The registration fee is Rp1,000,000.00 for Indonesian nationals and USD150 for international participants.

Student’s rates are Rp500,000.00 (Indonesian) and USD100 (international).

Payment can be made by bank transfer to be announced)


Expected number of participants is 250 (scholars, students, researchers, journalists, state officials, military personnel).

Contact Persons

  1. Uti Aryanti (mobile: +62 8164821830)
  2. Hana Nurul Hasanah (mobile: +62 81514340955)

Building 2, 2nd fl.Faculty of Humanities

Universitas Indonesia

Depok 16424INDONESIA

Tel. 6221 7863528/29; Fax 6221 7270038


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