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Political Participation in Multiple Homelands: The Chinese Business Community in Penang and Straits Settlements

Penang Institute is proud to host “Political Participation in Multiple Homelands: The Chinese Business Community in Penang and the Straits Settlements” which is scheduled as follows:

Date: 19 February 2019, Tuesday
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm (registration starts at 4:30pm)
Venue: Conference Hall, Penang Institute

One of the central themes in the history of the Chinese on the Malaya peninsula is their political identity, which has tended to be either China-oriented or Malaya-oriented, or transitioning between the two. Previous studies have been based on the premise that one person has only one nationality and one national identity. In this talk, I will avoid this premise and will discuss the political activism of the Chinese business community in Penang and the Straits Settlements, at the beginning of the 20th century.

About the Speaker:
SHINOZAKI Kaori is Professor at the Faculty of Foreign Studies, University of Kitakyushu, Japan. She has been doing research on the Chinese community in multi-ethnic Malaysia. Her recent publications include “Contribution of the Hakka Entrepreneur Chang Pi Shi to the Development of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce: Revisiting the Origins of the Chamber of Commerce”, in Wei-An Chang ed, Hakka Studies in Taiwan, Southeast Asia and the World, Hsinchu: National Chiao Tung University Press, 2017, and “The Penang Chinese and Electoral Process of the Republic of China’s National Assembly, 1913”, in Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies, 6(1&2), 2017.

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