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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Studies on ‘Chinese’ as Multiple Imaginations and Dynamic Realities

Studies on “Chinese” as Multiple Imaginations and Dynamic Realities

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Chineseness
  • memories
  • action-centered approach

Areas

  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • (Europe)

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About the Project

Project term: April, 2011 - March, 2014

AIM OF PROJECT: The aim of this study is, by mainly focusing on East and Southeast Asia, to investigate from various perspectives how a certain group of people identify themselves as ‘ethnic Chinese’ and how they imagine their notion of ‘their world’ and try to establish relationships with it.
Needless to say, the idea of ‘being Chinese’ depends on historic contexts in each area. Also, the circumstances regarding the ‘ethnic Chinese’ is drastically changing with the political changes in each country, especially in southeast Asia, with the increasing importance of China in The geopolitical power balance, and with the accelerated progression of globalization. Given these situations, this study proposes to examine specific cases from various perspectives to reveal 1) how people with different origins or cultural backgrounds (re)produce ‘memory’ now, 2) what kind of ‘memory’ they (re)produce, 3) how they imagine the notion of ‘us’ and realize it, and 4) in what ways their act is recognized as ‘Chinese’ by themselves or other people. Through this study, we discuss benefits and limitations of simply connecting certain social phenomena with the idea of ‘Chineseness’ in academia.

Koji TSUDA, Project Coordinator (The University of Tokyo)

Members

Coordinator

  • Koji TSUDA (The University of Tokyo)

ILCAA Staff

  • Yuko MIO (Sub-coordinator)

Joint Researchers

  • Kaori FUSHIKI
  • Kyouko NAGURA
  • Mitsuko TAMAKI
  • Ryouko SAKURADA
  • Sachiko YOKOTA
  • Tetsu ICHIKAWA
  • Yumi KITAMURA
  • Yun HUANG

Outputs

Meetings

The 9th meeting : Report(Japanese, English)(160KB)

  • Date/Time: 7 February 2014 (Fri.) 13:00-18:00, 8 February 2014 (Sat.) 10:00-16:00
  • 7 February, Venue: Room 304 (Multimedia Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Draft-Reviewing Session 1
  • Koji TSUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “The Indonesian National Hero, John Lie: Disembroiling the Multiply Essentialized Narrative”
    Mitsuko TAMAKI(ILCAA Joint Researcher,Takushoku University)
    “Rethinking ‘Assimilation’ of Chinese in Thailand: Rituals and Religious Practices of a ‘Chinese Spirit Cult Temple’”
    Kaori FUSHIKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Taisho University)
    “Hungry Ghost Festival in Singapore and Its Spectacularised Rituals: Emerging Images of ‘Chinese’ and Its Reality”
    Fadjar Ibnu THUFAIL (ILCAA Foreign Researcher)
    “Figure of the Chinese and Urban Riots in Indonesia, 1970s-1990s”
  • 8 February, Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Draft-Reviewing Session 2
  • Yumi KITAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Passage to the ‘West’: Life History of Chinese from Indonesia”
    Ryoko SAKURADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ikuei Junior College)
    “Sweet Aroma and Beautiful Memories: Nostalgia for Kopitiam, Local Coffee Shop and its Culture among Chinese Malaysians”
    Sachiko YOKOTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Shiga Prefecture)
    “Transnational Houselholding: Family Strategy of Indonesian Chinese by Cross-cultural Marriage”
  • Draft-Reviewing Session 3
  • Tetsu ICHIKAWA(ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    “Who are the Papua New Guinean Chinese?: Sub-ethnic Identification in a Complex Face-to-face Situation”
    HUANG Yun (Kwansei Gakuin University)
    “The Malaysian Buddhist or the ‘Chinese Buddhist’: a research on the Theravada Buddhists in Malaysia”

The 8th meeting : Report(Japanese)(121KB)

  • Date/Time: 29 July 2013 (Mon.) 13:30-18:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F
  • General Discussion 1
  • Discussion on theoretical approach
    Moderator: Koji TSUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
  • General Discussion 2
  • Preliminary reviewing session on draft papers

The 7th meeting : Report(Japanese)(170KB)

  • Date/Time: 11 May 2013 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 302, ILCAA
  • Ryoko SAKURADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Ikuei Junior College)
    “Discourses of The Beautiful Past: Chinese in Malay Peninsular and Collective Memories of Kopitiam and Imagined Home-Place”
    Sachiko YOKOTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Shiga Prefecture)
    “Politics on Chineseness in Mayoral Election, Singkawang City, Indonesia, 2012”
    All members
    General Discussion

The 6th meeting : Report(Japanese)(243KB)

  • Date/Time: 11 March 2013 (Mon.) 13:00-18:00, 12 March 2013 (Tue.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue: Room 301 (Seminar Room), ILCAA
  • 11 March
  • Yumi KITAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Issues and perspectives obtained from the life history of re-migrated Chinese Indonesians”
    Ryoko SAKURADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Discourses of The Beautiful Past: Chinese in Malay Peninsular and collective memories of Kopitiam and imagined Home-Place”
    Yun HUANG (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “The development of Theravada Buddhism in Contemporary Malaysia and practice of Chinese Buddhisty”
  • 12 March
  • Mitsuko TAMAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Takusyoku University)
    “The religious rites and Chineseness: Producing a Chinese shrine in Thailand”
    Kaori FUSHIKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Spectacularized rituals in the lunar seventh month, Singapore”
    All members
    General Discussion

The 5th meeting : Report(Japanese)(254KB)

  • Date/Time: 17 November 2012 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Koji TSUDA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “The Indonesian National Hero of Chinese-origin, John Lie: ‘Chineseness’ evoked by his nomination and its process (2)”
    Tetsu ICHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    “Who are the Papua New Guinean Chinese?: Sub-ethnic Identification in Complex Interfacial Situation”
    Kyoko NAGURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Shizuoka)
    “‘Chineseness’ of Myanmar Oversea Chinese Returnees and Myanmar Oversea Chinese in the Action-centered viewpoint”
    All members
    Discussion

The 4th meeting : Report(Japanese)(206KB)

  • Date/Time:20 July 2012 (Fri.) 14:00-18:00, 21 July 2012 (Sat.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue:Room 302 (Small Conference Room), ILCAA
  • 20 July
  • Ryoko SAKURADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Sweet Aromas and Memories: Kopitiam, The Nostalgia for Local Coffee Culture among Chinese Malaysians”
    Sachiko YOKOTA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Transnational Social Space Formed through Co-ethnic International Marriage between Han Taiwanese and Chinese Indonesians”
    All members
    Discussion
  • 21 July
  • WU Xiao An (ILCAA Visiting Professor)
    “In Search of Chineseness: Conceptualization and Paradigms”
    Yumi KITAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Passage to ‘the West’: Life History of Chinese Indonesians in the Netherlands”
    All members
    General Discussion

The 3rd meeting : Report(Japanese)(200KB)

  • Date/Time:22 February 2012 (Wed.) 13:00-18:00, 23 February 2012 (Thu.) 10:00-16:00
  • Venue:Hongo Satellite 7F
  • 22 February
  • Kyoko NAGURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Shizuoka)
    “Multiple Imaginations and Dynamic Realities of “Hua” and “Qiao”: A Case of a Lifehistory of a Myanmar oversea Chinese returnee”
    Yumi KITAMURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Passage to the West: Life History of Chinese Indonesians in the Netherlands”
    Mitsuko TAMAKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Takushoku University)
    “Mortuary ritual of the Chaozhou Chinese in Thailand: Adaptation and Acculturation in Theravada Buddhist Country”
  • 23 February
  • Yun HUANG (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kansai University)
    “The Indigenization of the Theravada Buddhist community in Malaysia and Chinese practitioners”
    Tetsu ICHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Rikkyo University)
    “Dynamic nature of Chinese Subethnicity: As seen in Migration, Localization and Re-migration of Papua New Guinean Chinese”
    All members
    General Discussion

The 2nd meeting : Report(Japanese)(279KB)

  • Date/Time:30 October 2011 (Sun.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue:Room 302 (Smalla Conference Room), ILCAA
  • Yuko MIO (ILCAA)
    “Re-examination of Perspective of Huaqiao-Huaren Studies”
    Kaori FUSHIKI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Chinese Street Opera and Getai: Remembering and practice of rituals and performing arts in Lunar 7th month in Singapore”
    All members
    Discussion

The 1st meeting : Report(Japanese)(306KB)

  • Date/Time:4 June 2011 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue:Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Koji TSUDA (ILCAA)
    The Purpose of the Project
    Ryoko SAKURADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    Raising Questions
    “How are objects as social reality done in practice?: The possibility of action-centred approach”
    All members
    Discussion
    Koji TSUDA (ILCAA)
    Case Study
    “The Indonesian National Hero of Chinese-origin, John Lie: 'Chineseness' evoked by his nomination and its process”
    All members
    Question-and-Answer Session

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