ALC 'Brown Bag' Seminar: Law and the Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia: A Post-Crisis Update.
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Dr. Leo Suryadinata
Dr. Leo Suryadinata was professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore until June 2002. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS, Singapore). He has published extensively on the ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia, Indonesian politics and foreign relations. His most recent books include Ethnic Chinese and Nation Building in Southeast Asia (1999); Ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia: A Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity; Elections and Politics in Indonesia (2002); and Negara dan Etnis Tionghoa: Kasus Indonesia (forthcoming).
States in Southeast Asia favoured the principle of “indigenism” in formulating laws and regulations. In other words, they favoured the indigenous population at the expense of non-indigenous people (e.g. ethnic Chinese). With globalisation and democratisation, many Southeast Asian states have been forced to “readjust” their laws and regulations to conform to the principle of equality. The financial crisis has further pressured these states to adjust their policy towards ethnic Chinese. The seminar will examine discriminatory laws and regulations in selected countries (e.g. Indonesia and Malaysia) after the rise of globalisation and democratisation, with special reference to their citizenship laws and regulations relating to Chinese minority rights in the political, cultural and economic fields. Have they really changed significantly? Is it true that post-crisis Southeast Asia has adopted equality in the treatment of the ethnic Chinese?
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