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Asst Prof Zhou Taomo

Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Asst Prof Zhou Taomo

Taomo Zhou is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She specializes in modern Chinese and Southeast Asian history. In particular, her teaching and research interests focus on the nexus of geopolitics and migration in the twentieth-century. Taomo received her B.A. from Peking University and Waseda University, M. Sc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Ph.D. in History from Cornell University. Her writings have appeared in publications such as Critical Asian Studies, The China Quarterly, the journal Indonesia, and The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China. Taomo's forthcoming book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2019) argues that migration and the political activism of the overseas Chinese were important historical forces in the making of the governmental relations between China and Indonesia during the Cold War. Grounded in multilingual archival research as well as oral history interviews with refugees, retired diplomats, former political prisoners and communist exiles, this project demonstrates how state-to-state diplomacy was influenced or even limited by transnational ethnic ties and the daily social and political practices of a minority group. This project also changes how we understand the regime change and mass violence in Indonesia in 1965-66. Having grown up in a migrant family in Shenzhen, the first special economic zone of China, she is also starting a second project on the historical transformation of this modern metropolis.
Research Interests
Modern Southeast Asian History, Modern Chinese History, Economic History, Migration, International Communist Movement, Cold War, International Relations.
Current Projects
  • Diaspora and Diplomacy: China, Indonesia, and the Cold War, 1945 - 1967
  • Free Trade Zones: Singapore, Shenzhen, and Beyond
  • Literary Representations of the Cold War: A Comparative Study of Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia
  • Shenzhen: China on the Move
Selected Publications
  • Hong Liu and Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Bandung Humanism and A New Understanding of the Global South: An Introduction. Critical Asian Studies, 51:2, 141-143.
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2019). Global reporting from the Third World: the Afro-Asian Journalists’ Association, 1963–1974. Critical Asian Studies, 51: 2, 166-197.
  • Zhou, Taomo and Liu, Hong.(2018). Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia. The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary ChinaThousand Oaks, CA, USA: The SAGE Publisher.
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2017). The Color Curtain, The Colored Glasses [Review of the book The Color Curtain, The Colored Glasses] Southeast Asian Studies, 6 (3), 563-567.
  • Zhou, Taomo. (2017). The Archipelago Reporting Global: The Afro-Asian Journalist Association, the Indonesian Left, and the Print Culture of the Third World, 1963-1965.Afro-Asian Visions [online blog].

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