Trained as an Asia specialist, I teach social science courses on contemporary Asia and conduct research on the Chinese diaspora, multiculturalism, cultural politics, regional dynamics and religious identity in Southeast Asia.
With the rise of Asia, I am excited by the boundless potentials that this region could bring to the world.
I am multilingual, multicultural and am an avid believer of diversity and inclusion.
I speak English, Mandarin, Indonesian, Malay and a few Chinese dialects.
July 2016 - Present
Centre for Advanced Research
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
June 2011 - Present
School of Social Sciences
University of Western Australia
June 2008 - June 2016
School of Social Sciences
Singapore Management University
I have more than 15 years of experience in tertiary education, including research, teaching and administration. My research has been published in the form of books, journal articles, book chapters, op-ed articles and commentaries.
Beside teaching and research, I regularly present papers in international conferences, facilitate workshops and intercultural dialogue, organize conferences and engage in consultancy with public and private organizations.
Won SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014
Completed more than 20 research projects funded by Australia, Singapore and Brunei governments on topics related to Chinese Diaspora, ASEAN-China Relations, Identity Politics, Multiculturalism, Education, Interfaith Dialogue and Socioeconomic Development.
Won SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012.
Featured in BBC and The Straits Times for innovative teaching of Managing Diversity in Asia.
University Senate, Research Funding and Scholarship Evaluation, Curriculum Design, Diversity and Inclusion, Admission Interview, Search Committee, Scholars Program.
Director of Centre for Advanced Research
Advisor for academic institutions and corporate institutions
Member of Advisory/Editorial Board of 4 international journals
Co-founder of Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2012-2016)
Convenor of International and Asian Studies (2011-2016)
TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY
Offered training and consultancy to governmental agencies and multinational companies, including Singapore Ministry of Education, Brunei Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, GIC, EVYD Technology, Sekar Group and Brunei Shell Petroleum.
Published 8 books, 7 special issues in journals, and more than 70 journal articles and book chapters.
Featured in television, radio and more than 70 newspapers interviews.
Delivered more than 100 presentations and keynote speeches globally with invitations from international organizations, academic institutions and multinational companies, including UNESCO, ASEAN Secretariat, University of Oxford, Copenhagen Business School, University of Sydney, Fudan University, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Deutsche Bank, Barclays and GIC.
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