The talk will be conducted in Mandarin.
The Teochew community is one of the five major dialect groups in Singapore. Teochew organisations were established as Chinese migrated to Singapore. They play a crucial role in helping Teochew migrants survive and lay down their roots in a foreign land. These organisations in Singapore have been steadily developing and constantly evolving with the changing times. This public talk will introduce the development of Singapore Teochew organisations and explore their relationships with the Teochew community. It will also examine how these organisations facilitate integration of migrants into their host countries while maintaining strong networks with their hometowns in China. This talk explores how these organisations played an important role in facilitating the localisation of the Teochew community into Singapore, while forging broader regional networks with other Teochew communities around the world.
About the speaker
Dr Zhang is the Assistant Director (Research) and Research Fellow of Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She received her PhD from National University of Singapore. Her research interests include Overseas Chinese history, history of Teochew community, remittance letters and Overseas Chinese publications. She has published several academic articles in journals and books on the topics of her research interests. Currently, she is the executive editor of The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies.