International and Transnational China during the Cold War: People's Republic of China and Indonesia,1949 to 1967


Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Program in China Studies Predissertation-Summer Travel Grants




My dissertation project is a study in international and transnational relations with the focus on China and Indonesia during the Cold War. At the level of state-to-state relations, Beijing and Jakarta formulated policies and conducted negotiations concerning the overseas Chinese in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the Chinese living in Indonesia, who numbered 2,500, 000 by the 1950s and 1960s, reacted to these policies and became involved as targets and as active participants in anti-Chinese political movements in Indonesia. My ultimate goal is to analyze the interaction between political leaders’ decision making in international diplomacy and overseas Chinese actions in transnational movements.