Decolonization and the Myths of Nation-making

 

 

Grace V. S. Chin is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Literature Studies at University Sains Malaysia. Her research examines the intersections between postcolonial and Southeast Asian literature, with emphasis on race and gender in contemporary societies and Diasporas. Starting with her Ph.D. dissertation on censorship and silence in the fiction works of Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese women writers, Dr. Chin later expanded her research field to include the literature of Brunei and Indonesia. She has received several grants for her work and was awarded senior fellowship in 2016 by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in Leiden.

A World Famous Researcher  related to Asian Literature :

Grace V.S. Chin’s articles have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, including Kemanusiaan: The Asian Journal of Humanities, Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, World Englishes, Postcolonial Text, and Journal of International Women’s Studies, as well as in books published by Springer, John Benjamins, and Cambridge Scholars Publishing. She is co-editor of a recently published volume titled The Southeast Asian Woman Writes Back: Gender, Identity, and Nation in the Literatures of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines (2018), and has a forthcoming edited volume titled Appropriating Kartini: Colonial, National and Transnational Memories of an Indonesian Icon, which will be published by Singapore’s Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS).

Grace V. S. Chin focuses on the intersections between postcolonial and Southeast Asian literature, with emphasis on race and gender in contemporary societies and Diasporas. Her latest publication is a co-edited book with Springer titled “The Southeast Asian woman writes back: Gender, identity, and nation in the literature of Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines”. She is currently working on several projects, including the cultural appropriations of Indonesia’s RA Kartini, translational politics in Southeast Asian literature, and the Chinese woman in selected fiction works of the Malay world.

Published Researches and Projects :

  • Project “Representations of gender in Netherlands Indies Newspapers in the Dutch Indies”.  This paper examines how gender identities are constructed and produced through newspaper debates and contestations surrounding the figure of the modern Indonesian Chinese woman that took place in colonial Java between the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Project Appropriating Kartini: Colonial, National and Transportation Memories of an Indonesian Icon.  This project examines the discursive ways in which various actors and institutions, from the Dutch colonial state to contemporary Indonesian rights groups and transnational women’s movements, have appropriated this iconic Indonesian figure.

Attending Conferences : 

Dr. Grace V.S.Chin, School of Humanities, University Sains Malaysia, The Keynote speaker of The 6th International Conference on Arts and Humanities 2019 in The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM) will be speaking under the theme “Literary (Re) Vision: Decolonization and the Myths of Nation- making”.

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