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Asian Migration and the Global Asian Diasporas


The conference was co-hosted by SEARC, the Department of Asian and International Studies (AIS) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) which brought together leading scholars to discuss Asian migration along many different dimensions. City University of Hong Kong President Professor Way Kuo attended the Opening Ceremony. Closing remarks were made by Prof Arthur Ellis (CityU Provost) and Ambassador William Swing (IOM Director General). For the conference programme, please click here. For a CityU report, please click here.

Southeast Asia Cultural Festival


The Festival highlighted the diverse and fascinating cultures of Southeast Asia in April 2013. For a CityU report, please click here. For a Hong Kong News report, click here. For a video, click here.

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The Southeast Asia Research Centre (SEARC) was inaugurated on 27 February 2001 as a faculty-based research centre within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (now the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, CLASS). It is the only research Centre focused on Southeast Asia in Hong Kong. SEARC has established a strong international reputation as an important setting for the study of political, economic, and social issues in contemporary Southeast Asia. While receiving funding in most years from City University of Hong Kong (CityU), SEARC members have actively sought competitive external grant funding, helping to foster a steady output of high-quality publications and working papers. The Centre has also attracted many respected scholars as visitors who, in carrying out research projects and conducting seminars, have further energized the Centre. And in regularly sponsoring international conferences, workshops, public addresses, and roundtables, SEARC has contributed widely to public debate and intellectual life at CityU.



A Southeast Asian Perspective from the City University of Hong Kong.

Recent Seminars

Bosses, Bullets, and Ballots: Electoral Violence and Democracy in Thailand, 1975-2011
14 Apr 2014 (Mon)
Dr Prajak Kongkirati, Lecturer, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University   Abstract: This seminar will examine the relationship between political viole... details
Taking responsibility for employment companies that overcharge Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong
24 Mar 2014 (Mon)
Dr Wayne Palmer, Visiting Scholar, SEARC, CityU Abstract: The issue of migrant workers in Hong Kong is again in the news following the recent event involving the mistreatm... details
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Recent Working Papers

Date Title Author
13 May 2014 (Tue) The Rise and Fall of Electoral Violence in Thailand: Changing Rules, Structures, and Power Landscapes, 1997-2011 Dr Prajak KONGKIRATI
30 Apr 2014 (Wed) How Dewi Became a Litigant: Migrant Domestic Workers as Litigants in Hong Kong Dr Carol G. S. TAN
29 Apr 2014 (Tue) Governing Maritime Space: The South China Sea as a Mediterranean Cultural Area Prof Hans-Dieter EVERS
02 Apr 2014 (Wed) Political Consequences of Policy Decisiveness in Southeast Asia Dr Eric Vincent C. BATALLA
18 Feb 2014 (Tue) Liberalism, Free Trade and Empire: The Diverse Roles of John Bowring in Asia Mr Philip BOWRING
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