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Dr Jonathan London

Dr London's blog on Vietnam (in both English and Vietnamese) has received much international attention recently, particularly in view of Vietnam's current problems, efforts at political reforms and disputes with China. For an interview with Dr London, click here.

Recent Events
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

Trade Union Engagement in Indonesia’s 2014 Legislative and Presidential Elections
08 Oct 2014 (Wed)
Prof Michele Ford Director, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney   Abstract: During the Suharto era, the official trade union was strictly pr... details
The 2014 Indonesian Elections and the politics of Post Post-Suharto: a class analysis
06 Oct 2014 (Mon)
Dr Max Lane Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore;  Lecturer in Politics and International Studies at Victoria University, Melbourn... details
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Recent Working Papers

Date Title Author
30 Oct 2014 (Thu) The historical background to Vietnam’s contemporary state enterprise sector: the policy story Prof Adam FFORDE
17 Sep 2014 (Wed) The political opposition in Singapore: Challenges in its work towards a two-party system Dr Jason LIM
16 Sep 2014 (Tue) Migration and Family Relationships: The Case of “Gay Indonesia” in Paris Mr Wisnu ADIHARTONO
04 Aug 2014 (Mon) Warfare and Depopulation of the Trans-Mekong Basin and the Revival of Siam’s Economy Dr Puangthong R. PAWAKAPAN
31 Jul 2014 (Thu) Indonesia’s Tryst with Destiny: The 2014 Presidential Elections, Haji Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Sixteen Years (Dwi-Windu) of Reformasi (1998-2014) - A Commentary Mr Suhardiyoto HARYADI and Prof Peter CAREY
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