Plenary speakers

Professor Chee-Beng Tan

Professor Chee-Beng-Tan
Professor Chee-Beng Tan

Chee-Beng Tan is Professor at the School of Sociology and Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University and former Professor of the Department of Anthropology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the editor of Asian Anthropology and Journal of Chinese Overseas. His research interests include social/cultural anthropology, ethnic groups, identity, religion, food, and Chinese overseas. He has written and edited over 30 books and published more than 150 papers. He is a Member of American Anthropological Association, Association for Asian Studies, Malaysian Social Science Association, International Sociological Association and New York Academy of Sciences.

Professor Alexis Wright

Professor Alexis Wright
Professor Alexis Wright

Professor Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria. She is an author and essayist whose publications include Carpentaria (Giramondo, 2006), awarded the Miles Franklin Award in 2007; The Swan Book (Giramondo, 2013), awarded the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2014, and Tracker (Giramondo, 2017), awarded the Stella Prize in 2018. Her essay 'What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else's Story' (Meanjin, 2016) was awarded the Hilary McPhee Award in 2016. She holds the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at The University of Melbourne.

Professor Kwong Lee Dow

Professor Kwong Lee Dow
Professor Kwong Lee Dow

Professor Kwong Lee Dow is Chair of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. A distinguished education scholar and active contributor to curriculum reforms, he has held various Victorian government positions, including chair of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. He has received various awards and recognition for his achievements and leadership, including appointment as Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012.

Professor Pookong Kee

Professor Pookong Kee
Professor Pookong Kee

Professor Pookong Kee is Director of the Asia Institute at The University of Melbourne. He has held various academic and public-sector positions in the Asia-Pacific region, including as Director of the Chinese Heritage Center in Singapore, Professor of the Graduate School of Asia Pacific Studies and Director of the Ritsumeikan Center for Asia Pacific Studies in Japan, as well as Assistant Director of Australia’s Bureau of Immigration and Population Research. He will be the BHP Chair of Australian Studies at Peking University in 2019-2020.

Professor Wanning Sun

Professor Wanning Sun
Professor Wanning Sun

Wanning Sun FAHA is Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Technology Sydney. Wanning is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. She is a member of the editorial board for Communication, Culture and Critique (ICA), Asian Journal of Communication, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, and the China Journal.

Emeritus Professor Manying Ip

Emeritus Professor Manying Ip
Emeritus Professor Manying Ip

Manying Ip is Emeritus Professor of Asian Studies at the University of Auckland. She is the well-known and respected author of several critically acclaimed books on the Chinese in New Zealand, including Being Maori-Chinese: Mixed Identities (AUP, 2008), and the editor of Unfolding History, Evolving Identity: The Chinese in New Zealand (AUP, 2003). A Trustee of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Board and was member of the Human Rights Commission Race Relations Advisory Committee, she was honoured as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 1996 and received the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal in 1993.

Associate Professor Leopold Mu Si Yan

Leopold Mu Si Yan
Leopold Mu Si Yan

Leopold Mu Si Yan is the Head of International and Francophone Relations and Co-Director of Confucius Institute at the University of French Polynesia. A scholar of American Studies and a member of the GDI (Gouvernance et Développement Insulaire) research team, he has published articles and book chapters on American constitutional, legal and minority issues and edited books and reviews on the cultural identities of Pacific Island nations (Special Issue of The Contemporay Pacific, 2015) and on Chinese diasporas (Diasporas chinoises et créolisations, Editions You Feng, 2016). He is editing the proceedings of an international symposium on food security in Asia-Pacific held at UFP in November 2017 and is the convenor of a forthcoming conference on Migrance and Memory in Chinese Cinemas.

Professor Ling-Chi Wang

Professor Ling Chi Wang
Professor Ling-Chi Wang

Ling-Chi Wang helped establish Asian American Studies and taught its first course in 1969 at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a founder of Chinese For Affirmative Action and the recipient of the Association for Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award. Before his retirement in 2006, Professor Wang headed the program and the Ethnic Studies Department several times. Professor Wang co-founded the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas (ISSCO) in 1992. He has been at the forefront of language education rights advocacy for more than four decades, advocating for language immersion programs, inclusion of Asian languages by the Educational Testing Services and, most recently, the building of a San Francisco community college branch in San Francisco Chinatown, where Chinatown restaurant and garment workers might take ESL classes in and near the communities where they work and live.

Professor Li Zong

Professor Li Zong
Professor Li Zong

LI Zong is Professor of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan. He serves as China Advisor for the University and the Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Saskatchenwan. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for Empirical Social Science Research at Xi'an Jiaotong University and Adjunct Professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Lanzhou University, and Northwest University for Nationalities in China. His research projects have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Prairie Metropolis Centre and the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage. His on-going research include projects on occupational attainment and social mobility of professional Chinese immigrants in Canada, covert racism and racial inequality, and China's economic reform and social change.

Dr Thock Ker Pong

Dr Thock Ker Pong
Dr Thock Ker Pong

Dr Thock Ker Pong is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chinese Studies, University of Malaya, Malaysia. He specialises in Malaysian Chinese politics and social change. His research interests cover areas such as Chinese politics and education, the NGO movement and ethnic relations in Malaysia, and contemporary China. He has participated in a major research project initiated by the Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies on the contributions of Malaysian Chinese and nation-building. He has also undertaken research on the development of Chinese guilds and associations as well as issues of Chinese education in contemporary Malaysia. His major publication is Ketuanan Politik Melayu: Pandangan Kaum Cina (Malay Political Hegemony: Perceptions of Malaysian Chinese) (2005).

Professor Wang Gungwu

Professor Wang Gungwu
Professor Wang Gungwu

Wang Gungwu is University Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore (NUS) since 2007, and Emeritus Professor of Australian National University. He is Foreign Honorary Member of the History Division of the American Academy of Arts and Science and former President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

He held the History Chair at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur (1963-1968), and was Chair of Far Eastern History at The Australian National University (1968-1986). From 1986 to 1995 he was Vice-Chancellor (President) of The University of Hong Kong. In Singapore, he was Director of the East Asian Institute till 2007, and chaired key institutions such as the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

His books include The Nanhai Trade: The Early History of Chinese Trade in the South China Sea. New Edition (1998); The Chinese Overseas: From Earthbound China to the Quest for Autonomy (2000); Anglo-Chinese Encounters since 1800: war, trade, science and governance (2003); Divided China: Preparing for reunification, 883-947 (2007); Renewal: The Chinese State and the New Global History (2013); and Another China Cycle: Committing to Reform (2014).