HOON Chang Yau

Associate Professor


CY Hoon is Associate Professor of Anthropology at IAS, and Director of Centre for Advanced Research at the University of Brunei Darussalam. He is also Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he obtained his PhD (with Distinction) in 2007. In his previous appointment at Singapore Management University, he received the SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014.

Research Interests

     • Chinese diaspora
     • Identity politics
     • Multiculturalism
     • Multicultural education
     • Religious and cultural diversity in Contemporary Indonesia and Southeast Asia

Select Publications


Hoon, C.Y., and Chan, Y.K. (2020) Chineseness in Motion: The Historicity of Nation and Contingency of Ethnicity in China and among the Chinese Diaspora, Springer.

Menkhoff, T., Chay, Y.W., Evers, H-D. and Hoon, C.Y. (2014) Catalysts of Change: Chinese Business in Asia, World Scientific Publishing, Singapore. [https://doi.org/10.1142/8730]

Sai, S.M., & Hoon, C.-Y. (Eds.) (2013) Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging. London; New York: Routledge. [Access]

Hoon, C.Y. (2008) Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Culture, Politics and Media. Brighton; Portland: Sussex Academic Press. [Access]

Journal Articles

Hoon, Chang Yau, and Shawatriqah Sahrifulhafiz, “Negotiating Assimilation and Hybridity: The Identity of Chinese-Malays in Brunei Darussalam”, Journal of Chinese Overseas (forthcoming 2021).

Sin Yee, Koh, Chang-Yau Hoon, and Noor Azam Hj Othman, ‘“Mandarin Fever” and Chinese Language Learning in Brunei Middle Schools: Discrepant Discourses, Multifaceted Realities and Institutional Barriers’, Asian Studies Review (forthcoming).

Esther Kuntjara and Chang-Yau Hoon, “Reassessing Chinese-Indonesian Stereotypes: Two decades after Reformasi”, South East Asia Research 28(2), pp.199-216.

Harjatanaya, Tracey, and Chang-Yau Hoon, “Politics of Schooling in Post-Suharto Indonesia: A Study of the Chinese Minority”, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education 50(1), pp.18-35.

Hoon, Chang-Yau, and Esther Kuntjara, (2019) “The Politics of ‘Mandarin Fever’ in Contemporary Indonesia: Resinicization, Economic Impetus, and China’s Soft Power”, Asian Survey, 59(3), pp. 573-594.

Harjatanaya, Tracey, and Chang-Yau Hoon, (2019) “Politics of Schooling in Post-Suharto Indonesia: A Study of the Chinese Minority”, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education (Accepted 23/06/2018).

 Hoon, Chang-Yau, (2019) “Continuity and Change: The Dynamics of Chineseness in Indonesia”, South East Asia: A Multidisciplinary Journal, 19, pp.1-13.

Hamdan, Mahani, and Hoon, Chang-Yau. (2019) “Brunei Darussalam: Making Strides with a Renewed Focus on the Future”, Southeast Asian Affairs, 46, pp.85-102. [DOI: 10.1525/as.2019.59.3.573]

Hoon, C.-Y. (2016) “Mapping Chineseness on the Landscape of Chinese Churches in Indonesia”. Asian Ethnicity, 17(2), 228-247. [Access]

Hoon, C.-Y. (2016) “Aspirations among Urban Christians in Contemporary Indonesia”. International Sociology, 31(4), 413-431. [Access]


IAS Working Paper on Chinese-Malay Identity in Brunei

The Institute of Asian Studies at Universiti Brunei Darussalam is pleased to announce the publication of IAS Working Paper No. 42: The Cultural Identity of the Chinese-Malays in Brunei: Acculturation and Hybridity by Nur Shawatriqah Binti Hj Md Sahrifulhafiz and Chang-Yau Hoon. Please see below for details. Abstract: This paper explores the ways in which […]

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Hoon Speaks at UNESCO International Peace Conference

Since joining UBD in July 2016, CY Hoon has been invited to speak at the UNESCO International Peace Conference in Paris, the ASEAN Forum in Sydney, ISEAS Conference on Chinese Indonesians in Singapore, International Think Tank Conference in Beijing, Soka International Seminar on Peace and Understanding in Singapore, SEASREP Workshop in Manila and Shanghai Forum […]

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