Chinese Religions in Southeast Asia


Single Panel

Time & Location

Session 10
Fri 11:00–12:30 Room 1.502




There is a long history of Chinese in Nanyang, or South Seas since their ancestors migrated there. They brought along their belief once they settle in the ‘new land’. Studies on Chinese religions or beliefs in Southeast Asia tend to take them as tools of Chinese identities in the diasporic context. However, this paradigm neglects their interactions with local societies and supposes an unchangeable ‘Chinese-ness’. The purpose of this panel is to challenge this paradigm and focus on how the ‘Chinese-ness’ were contested when Chinese religions or beliefs encountered with non-Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. Four panelists will present their work on the contemporary and historical Chinese religious practices in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Borneo Island.

Sheh Yeh-Ying, the researcher from Singapore will illustrate Confucianism in Indonesia. Dr. Kang Min from China will talk about the Chinese Christian in Borneo. Dr. Tan Ai Boay and Dr. Lin Yu Sheng’s from Malaysia and Taiwan focus on the adoption of local elements in Chinese religious practices in Malaysia and Thailand respectively.