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Asst Prof Caroline Pluss
My areas of expertise are: Identity, Contemporary Sociological Theory, Race and Ethnicity, Globalization, Culture, Transnationalism, Religion, Socialization, Migration, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Prof Chan Kam Leung Alan
Chinese Philosophy and Religion; Hermeneutics and Critical Theory; Comparative Philosophy and Religion
Asst Prof Chen Song-Chuan
Sino-Western relations in Canton era • Cultural exchanges • Perceptions and imaginations • Informational networks • Relations between capital and the state Ming and Qing China in global history • The great divergence • Early Chinese travellers to the West • Merchants and missionaries in China • China’s perception of the West • Commercial policy and perceptions of commerce • State violence and people’s trauma experiences Republican China • Colonial experience and process of decolonization • The making of Chinese nationalism • Circulation of violence and experiences of trauma Contemporary history of Taiwan • Matsu and Kinmen as frontier islands of the Cold War • People’s experiences and memories of the Cold War • Social and cultural changes after 1949
Assoc Prof Cheung Chiu-Yee
Since 1982, my research has concentrated on a comparison of Lu Xun and Nietzsche. Because of my extensive study of Lu Xun, I am also familiar with the history of modern Chinese literature, Western influence on Chinese writers and thinkers, the intellectual history of modern and contemporary China, and ancient Chinese philosophy. Related to their comparison, I have been working on modern Chinese intellectual history, the problems of Chinese culture and modernisation, the influence of Western philosophy and literary theories in China, and Lu Xun’s legacy in contemporary China.
Prof (Adj) Chew Cheng Hai
Modern Chinese and Classical Chinese Grammar Chinese Etymology Chinese Language
Assoc Prof Crossland-Guo Shuyun
Dunhuang Studies (Dunhuang Manuscripts & Cave Arts) Chinese Oral Literature Folk Operatic Performance Arts Oral-Formulaic Theory Modern & Contemporary Chinese Literature
Asst Prof (Adj) Cui Donghong
Dr Cui’s research areas are sociolinguistics, Chinese Culture and Language, business and management, politics and public administration. She has conducted a wide range of studies on government’s policy implementation, effective communications, management of SMEs and cross-culture management in overseas investments.
Asst Prof Fang Xiaoping
History of medicine and health in twentieth-century China Medical anthropology and sociology in contemporary China
Dr Goh Chye Tee
Prof Goh Chye Tee?s areas of expertise are Accounting, Cost Management and TCM. His current research works focus on the integration of traditional culture and modern management.
Asst Prof Goh Geok Yian
Assistant Professor Goh Geok Yian's areas of expertise are: early history of Burma and Southeast Asia, modern Southeast Asian history, China-Southeast Asia relations, early Buddhist networks in mainland and island Southeast Asia, and Burmese historical chronicles and novels. Her current research focuses on the study of Buddhist architecture and mural paintings of Bagan, a medieval Burmese kingdom. Her other research work includes the study of early urbanization and cities in Burma, particularly on comparison made with other contemporary Southeast Asian polities and the applicability of theoretical models. She is also working on an English translation of a 20th-century Burmese novel by a well-known author, Ma Sandar.
Prof (Adj) Goh Nguen Wah
Dr. Goh's areas of interests include: government and politics of Singapore, government's media, education and language policies, language planning; the rise of China and the global Chinese language fever, the prospects of Chinese language in a globalized world, cross-cultural studies, journalism of the West and the East.
Prof Gregor Benton
Modern Chinese history (esp. the Chinese Communist movement); Chinese politics (esp. dissent); the Chinese overseas; pidgins and creoles. His current interests include identity transformations in young people born to Chinese emigrants, and how they manage their bi-cultural or pluri-cultural identities in their relations with mainstream society and the mainstream economy. He is also researching Chinese emigrants' correspondence.
Assoc Prof Hans-Martin Rall
Research profile Asst/Prof. Hans-Martin Rall Asst/Prof. Rall's research interests are mainly in the areas of digital animation development and interdisciplinary research in art and technology. He is a renowned director of independent animated short films, with 8 major film-funding grants awarded to him by German and European institutions. Since 1997 Hannes Rall has built a strong reputation for adapting literature successfully in his animated short films: “The Raven“ (1999) and ”The Erl-King“(2003) , adapted from the famous poems by E.A. Poe and J.W. von Goethe respectively, have been screened in over 120 film festivals world wide and won multiple awards. His work was shown in group-and solo-shows in galleries in 20 countries worldwide since 2004. -Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art -National Museum Singapore -State Gallery of the Arts Stuttgart, Germany -Bangkok International Film Festival -Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, Beirut -Egyptian Opera House, Metrogalerie, Kairo -Cinematheque. Tel Aviv -Goethe-Institut Damaskus -Goethe-Institut Ramallah -Seika Art Academy, Kyoto -Osaka European Film Festival -Auckland University of Technology, NZ -Pataka Museum Wellington, NZ -Muzium dan Galeri Seni Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang "Tradigital Mythmaking": -Goethe-Institut Singapore/Singapore International Film-Festival -Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur/Univesrsiti Teknologi Mara Kuala Lumpur Asst/Prof. Rall was awarded a 86 000,- SD tier 1 research grant by NTU in 2006. “Tradigital Mythmaking-Singaporean-Animation for the 21st Century” : In this project Prof. Rall explores the development of genuinely Southeast Asian animation styles, which are not derived from Western or Japanese concepts. His book “Tradigital Mythmaking” was published in Singapore in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded a second tier 1 research grant in the amount of SD 150 000,- to continue and expand his research in “Tradigital Mythmaking-The Next level”: In close cooperation with the Co-PI Prof. Seah Hock Soon from the School of Computer Engineering, Asst/Prof. Rall is exploring the development of digital tools for the adaptation of Asian mythological stories in local art styles. External research funding 2007 Film production funding by the Film Funding Board of Baden Württemberg (MFG Filmförderung) for the film “The Cold Heart” 2004 Script-development funding by the MFG Baden-Württemberg for the animated shortfilm „THE COLD HEART“. 2003 Reference-filmfunding for the film ”The Erl-King“ by the FFA Berlin. 2000 Production-funding for „The Erl-King“ MFG Baden-Württemberg 2000 Production-funding for “The Erl-King”by the Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film. 2000 Reference-funding for “The Raven”by FFA, Berlin 1997 Production-funding for the short film “The Raven”by the MFG Baden-Württemberg 1994 Script-development funding for animated series „Dicki“ by MEDIA-program Research areas: -Exploring Asian culture and history to develop unique and original animation styles, which are not derived from Western concepts. (Current research project: “Tradigital Mythmaking”) -Development and application of new digital technology to visualize Asian art styles in animation (Current research project: “The Living Line” Co-PI: Prof. Seah Hock Soon SCE, 10 000,-SD mini seed grant by Institute for Media Innovation NTU) -The adaptation of literature for animation (Current research project: “The Cold Heart”, 25 minute animated short film adapted from the novel by Wilhelm Hauff, 90 000,- Euro film-funding grant by MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg). -Marketing animated short films in the 21st century (URECA research project) -History of German animation -History of Southeast Asian Animation
Prof He Baogang
Normative Theories of International Relations, Asian Regionalism, World Citizenship, Global Justice, International Non-governmental Organizations, Federalism in Asia, Village Citizenship, Deliberative Democracy, Chinese democratization, Chinese Politics, Comparative Politics, Political Theory
Asst Prof Hee Wai Siam
Dr. Hee's areas of expertise include gender and sexuality in Chinese Culture, Chinese film studies, and modern Chinese print culture. His current research focuses on "Rewriting the early history of Sinophone Cinemas in Singapore and Malaya (1926-1965)". His research also covers modern and contemporary Chinese literature and Sinophone literature.
Asst Prof Helena Gao
Cognitive Linguistics, Psycholinguistics, Bilingual Development, Language Learning and Language Teaching, Computational Linguistics.
Prof (Adj) Hong Hai
Prof Hong has a wide range of research interests, including East Asian culture and management and Chinese medical theories.
Assoc Prof I Lo-fen
My research interest is Chinese literary work on the paintings, literature, and culture of the Tang and Song dynasties in China; Su Shi studies; the art of Chinese literature and painting; and East Asian literature written in Chinese characters (including that of Japanese and Korean origins). I have published five books on these themes in Taiwan and Mainland China, one of which involved collaboration with scholars from China, the U.S.A., Japan, and Korea.
Prof John Newman
I am interested in exploring the role that ordinary human experience plays in helping to shape linguistic structure. As linguists, we have been in the habit of excluding human experience as a motivating factor for linguistic structure, so it is (or rather, it was once) a little provocative in the world of linguistics to pursue my interest. The approach to the study of language known as Cognitive Linguistics and the associated society International Association of Cogntiive Linguistics have provided me with an intellectual home to pursue these interests. My research has focused on some very ordinary but basic human activities and states (giving and taking; sitting, standing, and lying; eating and drinking etc.) and how our experience of these activities motivate certain linguistic phenomena such as polysemy, grammaticalization, and metaphorical extensions of verbs such as give, take, sit, stand, lie, eat, and drink. Most of theoretical linguistics, as it evolved in the second half of the 20th century, shunned the use of corpora (naturally occurring language as used in speaking and writing) as data for the construction of theory. I have tried to correct this imbalance by constructing, promoting, and researching corpora. UAlberta is the home of the Canadian component of the International Corpus of English, an online searchable Wenzhou Spoken Corpus and other free downloadable corpora. My particular interest in corpora has been to explore problems of interest to Cognitive Linguistics using corpora, as outlined in my article Corpora and Cognitive Linguistics. I have an interest in the Sinitic language family, especially the Chinese dialects. My research includes a phonological history of Cantonese from Middle Chinese to the present, published in three issues of the Journal of Chinese Linguistics (1984-85), co-authored with Matthew Chen. I have helped to create electronic corpora of Wenzhou, Shanghainese, and Southern Min dialects. Mandarin tends to be promoted at the expense of the dialects in China and so I feel it is particularly important for linguists to document the dialects. I'm not a sociolinguist, but I have researched and published on aspects of the Speak Mandarin Campaign in Singapore - it was impossible for me, as a linguist, not to respond to the language issues being debated while I was living in Singapore in 1981-1985. I was first introduced to the world of Austronesian linguistics by Sandra Chung who taught Field Methods at UCSD when I was a graduate student there. We studied Chamorro in that class and I've been hooked on Austronesian languages ever since. I have carried out research on Malay languages in Sarawak, Philippine languages in Singapore, and Tongan in New Zealand. Currently I am carrying out research on Bohuai (Pohowa), spoken on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. I have also worked on the phonology of a Papuan tone language, Kairi.
Asst Prof Josh Wheatly Keller
Asst Professor Keller's primary research interest in studying the way culture influences strategic management and organizational processes. He studies how culture influences the way people think about cooperation and competition (and their relationship and its impact on individual and firm-level outcomes. He also looks at how national-level logics influence people's thoughts about change and its impact on entrepreneurship and organizational change.
Assoc Prof Kwan Sze Pui Uganda
20th Century Chinese literature; The history of translation in the 20th century China; Comparative literature on Japanese literature and Chinese literature in the late 19th to early 20 century; Hong Kong literature and culture.
Asst Prof Lin Jingxia
Chinese linguistics; Syntax; Semantics; Syntax-semantics interface; Grammaticalization and lexicalization; Chinese dialect studies; Quantitative and corpus-based linguistics
Prof Liu Hong
Current Research Areas • China rising and implications for Southeast Asia • Chinese international migration, nationalism, transnationalism, and globalization • Transnational history of modern China/Asia • Globalization and international talent strategies • Political and cultural history of postcolonial Southeast Asia
Prof Luke Kang Kwong Kapathy
Interaction between tone and intonation; Prosody in Conversational Interaction; Conversation Analysis; English and Chinese grammar; Chinese Linguistics; History and structure of Cantonese; Language and Cognitive Neuroscience; Corpus Linguistics; Natural Language Processing
Asst Prof Ng Woon Lam
His research interests include areas in Art Education, Scientific study of art materials, Oriental Art History and Culture, South East Asia Art, Classical Painting language in Contemporary Art and Digital Animation and Digital Painting.
Asst Prof Ngoi Guat Peng
Ming Intellectual History ;Daoxue Neo-Confucianism;Syncretism in late Ming;Chinese Knowledge Production and Local History in Malaysia.
Asst Prof Olwen Anna Bedford
Research Interests +Moral emotions, Chinese face, guanxi, filial obligation +Conflict resolution +Organizational culture and ethics Selected Publications Bedford, O. (2012). Guanxi-building in the workplace: A dynamic process model of working and backdoor guanxi. Journal of Business Ethics, 104, 149-158. Chan, K. Y., Ho, M-H. R., Chernyshenko, O., Bedford, O. A., Uy, M. A., Gomulya, D. A., Sam, E. Y., & Phan, J. W. (2012). Entrepreneurship, professionalism, leadership: A framework and measure for understanding boundaryless careers. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 73-88. Bedford, O. & Hwang, S. (2011). Flower drinking and masculinity in Taiwan. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 83-93. Huang, Y.H. & Bedford, O. (2009). The role of cross-cultural factors in integrative conflict resolution and crisis communication: The Hainan incident as a case. American Behavioral Scientist, 53, 565-78. Yeh, Y.K., Bedford, O., & Yang, Y. J. (2009). A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Coexistence and Domain-Superiority of Individuating and Relating Autonomy. International Journal of Psychology, 44(3), 213-221. Bedford, O. & Hwang, K. K. (2006). Taiwanese Identity and Democracy: The Social Psychology of Taiwan's 2004 Elections. Palgrave-MacMillan, New York: New York. Bedford, O. (2004). The individual experience of guilt and shame in Chinese culture. Culture and Psychology, 10(1), 123-146. Bedford, O. & Hwang, K.K. (2003). Guilt and shame in Chinese culture: A Cross-cultural framework from the perspective of morality and identity. Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, 33(2), 127-144. Hwang, Shu-Ling & Bedford, O. (2004). Juveniles' motivations for remaining in prostitution. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 28(2), 136-146. Yeh, Kuang-hui & Bedford, O. (2003). Filial piety: A test of the dual model. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 6(3), 215-228. Hwang, S. & Bedford, O. (2003). Precursors and pathways to juvenile prostitution in Taiwan. Journal of Sex Research, 40(2), 201-210.
Asst Prof Ong Soon Keong
Chinese migration and the overseas Chinese Modern Chinese history Chinese urban history Treaty ports, especially Xiamen
Assoc Prof Phua Chiew Pheng
Assistant Prof Phua?s areas of expertise are Chinese Historical Syntax, and Chinese dialectology.
Asst Prof Qu Jingyi
Classical Chinese Literature from the Han through Tang periods; Practical (Applied) Writing & Socio-Culture; Western Sinology; Literature Pedagogy; Literary Historiography
Asst Prof Qu Li
development of executive function, theory of mind, emotion regulation, and bilingualism; the impacts of emotion, language, social interaction, and culture on cognitive development; inhibitory control; task switching; brain development; circadian rhythm on cognition and emotion regulation.
Assoc Prof Quah Sy Ren
Modern Chinese literature and culture, theatre and performance, Singapore studies. Dr Quah is currently working on theatre and cultural activism in Singapore between 1950s and 1970s.
Prof Randy John La Polla
Sino-Tibetan Linguistics Linguistic Typology Historical linguistics (including Grammaticalization and Sino-Tibetan reconstruction) Functional Syntax (esp. Role & Reference Grammar and Systemic Functional Grammar) Pragmatics (particularly Relevance Theory) Anthropological Linguistics (Asian languages on which I have done fieldwork: Cambodian, Chinese dialects [Southern Fujian, Beijing subdialects, Shanghai, Guangzhou dialects], Dulong [1st Township, 3rd Township, 4th Township, Nujiang dialects], Qiang [Ronghong, Qugu dialects], Rawang [Mvtwang, Dvru dialects], Tagalog, Vietnamese.)
Asst Prof Van Dongen Els
History and historiography of modern China •Historiography and national identity •Theories of revolution and modernization •The relation between history, historiography, and politics Intellectual history of modern China •The transmission and reception of concepts in China •Thinkers, intellectual currents, and “isms” of the 1980s and 1990s •Manifestations of conservatism in Europe, the United States, and China Nationalism, transnationalism, and national identity •Conceptions of the Chinese nation •Migration, the nation-state, and nationalism •Government policies towards diaspora communities in comparative perspective (China and India)
Asst Prof Wong Liang Chun Jaymz
Assistant Professor Jaymz Wong's areas of expertise are film directing, film writing, and film producing. His current research works focus on film psychology, film semiotics, film form and the future of Cinema.
Asst Prof Yow Cheun Hoe
Chinese overseas and Chinese diaspora; Relations between Chinese overseas and China; Southeast Asia, particularly Singapore and Malaysia; Qiaoxiang(ancestral homeland)areas in China, particularly Guangdong and Wenzhou; Chinese education in Southeast Asia; Chinese writers and their works in Southeast Asia; New Chinese migrants in Singapore; Chinese business networks; Transnationalism.
Dr Yuan Jinhong
TCM treatment of endocrine metabolic disease
Asst Prof Zhang Songjian
Global Chinese Literature and Culture, Critical Theories, Comparative Literature
Asst Prof Zhang Zhibin
Public and Nonprofit Management; Policy Learning and Transfer; Chinese and Singapore Public Administration and Policy
Vg Assoc Prof Zhao Yansong
theories of chinese medicine, clinical practice especially in Gynecological diseases, internal diseases and dermal diseases
Asst Prof (Adj) Zhou Zhaocheng
His research area includes history and politics of Singapore, China-Southeast Asian relationship and media-politic relationship.
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