New book: Diaspora at War



Diaspora at War: The Chinese of Singapore between Empire and Nation, 1937-1945 (Brill Academic Publishers: Boston and Leiden)


Told vividly through the use of oral history interviews and family history accounts, as well as archival material, Diaspora at War adds a new dimension that has been missing from the military history of World War II. Through penetrating analysis and skillful probing of individual testimony, the author explains the motives of men who went to war before the war came to them.”

Kevin Blackburn, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Diaspora at War opens up a new approach at looking at the Chinese in Malaya during the war. This conceptualization of three fronts – China, empire and pacific – poses significant advancement in looking at the Chinese diasporas.”

– Ho Khai Leong, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia