Welcome to ISSCO!

ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, was established in 1992. Professor Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore, was appointed President and Professor Wang Ling-chi, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, Secretary-Treasurer together with a number of regional Board members.

ISSCO is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional society of individuals and institutions interested in and committed to the study of Chinese overseas. The primary purposes of the society are to advance research and scholarly exchange in the study of Chinese overseas, to provide means for research and publications, and to organise and support national and international conferences.

ISSCO Official website : http://www.issco.info
Email: isscosecretariat@gmail.com

ALL ABOUT the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas 1992-2010

Upcoming Conferences

August 6 to 10, 2014 -- To be held in Panama to commemorate two events: The 160th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese at Panama, and also the first centennial of operation of the Panama.

List of Officers

2016-2019 List of Officers
2013-2016 List of Officers
2010-2013 List of Officers
2007-2010 List of Officers
2003-2007 List of Officers

President's Message

The ISSCO general meeting was held on 18 August 2013 at the end of the very successful ISSCO 8 conference which took place in Kuala Lumpur. The new ISSCO Board was elected, and I should like to thank the ISSCO members for electing me as the new President. There are some new faces: Prof. Madeline Hsu as Vice President, and Prof. Min Zhou and Prof. Glen Peterson as At-large Representatives.

We are grateful to Prof. Teresita Ang See for staying on as Secretary/Treasurer to ensure smooth transition, and we thank Ms. Angela Yu for agreeing to help Tessy in her work. In a sense the election of the new board marks a new phase in the history of ISSCO, as the founding members, namely Prof. Wang Gungwu. Prof. Wang Ling-chi and Prof. Peter Li decided not to accept nomination for the new board. They will of course continue to give ISSCO their strongest support. We thank Prof. Leo Suryadinata for his six years' of service as ISSCO President.

He had worked very hard for the good of the society, which has been active in promoting the study of the Chinese overseas and in organizing conferences. The new team will build on the solid foundation laid down by our senior members, and as President I will consult members as well as work closely with fellow board members. Thank you.

Warm regards and best wishes,

(Tan Chee-Beng)
ISSCO President

28 August 2013

About Prof. Tan Chee-Beng (?ө)

Tan Chee-Beng (Ph.D., Cornell Univer?sity, 1979) is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Sun Yat-sen University. He had previously taught at the then University of Singapore, University of Malaya and The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

With Southeast Asia and south China as his research sites, Tan's major areas of academic interest have been cultural change and identity, ethnicity, Chinese overseas, Chinese religion, anthropology of food, and indigenous people and development.

His main publications include Development and Distribution of Dejiao Associations in Malaysia and Singapore (1985), The Baba of Melaka (1988), Chinese Peranakan Heritage in Malaysia and Singapore (1993), Chinese Minority in a Malay State: The Case of Terengganu in Malaysia (2002), Chinese Overseas: Comparative Cultural Issues (2004); as editor, Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Overseas (Routledge, 2013), Chinese Food and Foodways in Southeast Asia and Beyond (NUS Press, 2011), Chinese Transnational Networks (Routledge, 2007), Southern Fujian: Reproduction of Traditions in Post-Mao China (The Chinese University Press, 2006); as co-editor, Chinatowns around the World: Gilded Ghetto, Ethnopolis, and Cultural Diaspora (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013), The World of Soy (University of Illinois Press, 2008), Food and Foodways in Asia: Resource, Tradition and Cooking (Routledge, 2007), Changing Chinese Foodways in Asia (The Chinese University Press, 2001), and The Chinese in Malaysia (Oxford University Press, 2000).