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Asst. Prof. Dr. Lew Siew Boon

Academic Qualification:
PhD in Chinese Studies (National University of Singapore)
M.A. of Arts in Folkloristic (Minzu University of China, Beijing)
B.A. of Arts and Social Sciences in Chinese Studies (Minor in East Asia Studies) (University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur)

Professional Field 
Field of Specialty and ResearchSocial Culture of Singapore and Malaysia Chinese; The History of Chinese in Southeast Asia; The Chinese in British Malaya and Singapore
 
Teaching SubjectsResearch Methodology
 
Working Experience
  • Guest Lecturer, Introduction of Malaysian Chinese Folklore, Student Exchange Program: Department of Chinese Studies, University of Malaya, 15th July 2016.
  • Part-Time lecturer, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Seremban), January 2015 – December 2016.
  • Tutor, CH2298 Chinese Personalities in Southeast Asia, Chinese Studies Department NUS, January 2017 – May 2017.
  • Tutor, GEK1053GEH1006 Chinese Music, Language and Literature, Chinese Studies Department NUS, January 2018 – May 2018.
  • Tutor, GES1005/SSA1208 Everyday Life of Chinese Singaporeans: Past & Present, Chinese Studies Department NUS, January 2019 – May 2019.
  • Guest Lecturer, Introduction of Malaysian Chinese Folklore, Student Exchange Program: Department of Chinese Studies, University of Malaya, 12th August 2019.
  • Mentor, 17th Singapore SAP Schools Mentorship Programme, February – August 2021.

Related Achievements 
Dissertation/Thesis [Master]
“Chinese Village in Malaysia - A Case Study on Festival GuanYin in Pulai, Kelantan”, Minzu University of China, Master Thesis, 2011.

[PhD]
“Gambier Trade, Chinese Community and the Making of the Modern Johor, 1784-1917,” National University of Singapore, PhD Thesis, 2021.
 

Publications[Book Publication]
  1. Wong Sin Kiong, Lew Siew Boon, Deng Yu, et al., China and Southeast Asia: Cross- Regional Field Work and Essays (Singapore: NUS Department of Chinese Studies, Char Yong Association,Global Publishing, 2018).
  2. Lew Siew Boon,Discovering the Goddess of Mercy in Swee Nyet Temple of Pulai, Kelantan (Malaysia: New Era University College, Society of conservation of cultural heritage, 2020).
[Articles]
  1. “Field Study on Procession of Deities in Pulai Village, Kelantan Malaysia”,in Xing Li (ed.), Folk Culture Research and Conservation (second series) – Festive Ceremony Volume (Beijing: World Publishing Corporation, 2012), pp. 279-295.
  2. “A Report on Inter-regional Hakka Fieldtrip in Central and Northern Malaysia”, in Journal Xue Wen, vol 2 (2017), pp. 76-82.
  3. “Dapu Guang Lu Di and Penang Blue House – the Case Study of the Former Residence of Thio Tiauw Siat”, in Wong Sin Kiong, et al.,China and Southeast Asia: Cross-Regional Field Work and Essays (Singapore: NUS Department of Chinese Studies, Char Yong Association, Global Publishing, 2018), pp. 25-36.
  4. “The Spiritual World of the Village of Pulai in Kelantan - from the Perspective of Oral History”, in Wong Sin Kiong, et al.,China and Southeast Asia: Cross-Regional Field Work and Essays (Singapore: NUS Department of Chinese Studies, Char Yong Association, Global Publishing, 2018), pp. 161-182.
  5. “A Report on Inter-regional Hakka Fieldtrip in Central and Northern Malaysia”, in Wong Sin Kiong, et al., China and Southeast Asia: Cross-Regional Field Work and Essays (Singapore: NUS Department of Chinese Studies, Char Yong Association, Global Publishing, 2018), pp. 247-258.
  6. “The Social Function and Its Role of Shuanglin Monastery: A Case Study of Nanyang Siang Pau (1923-1942)”, inthe 120th Anniversary of Lianshan Shuanglin Monastery,1898-2018 (Singapore: Lianshan Shuanglin Monastery, 2019).
  7. “Regional Network and Power Dynamics: Chinese in the Making of Johor, 1844-1917”, in Annals of Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, 2019 (Johor Bahru: Tiong Hua Johor Baharu).
  8. “Rethinking the Teochew Community Leader – Major Tan Hiok Nee”, in Journal of the South Seas Society, Vol. 73, 2019.
  9. “Dapu Guang Lu Di and Penang Blue House – the Case Study of the Former Residence of Thio Tiauw Siat”, in Journal Historical of Chinese Meizhou, vol. 11, 2019.
  10. “Rethinking the Teochew Community Leader – Major Tan Hiok Nee”, in Collected Essays of Young Scholars: New Perspective on Johor Bahru.Johor Bahru: Southern University College, 2020.
  11. “Johore and the Late Qing Dynasty: State Diplomacy Expansion during 1878-1895”, in Journal of the South Seas Society, Vol. 74, 2020.

Conference Papers
  1. “A Case Study of Mercy Goddess Ritual in Pulai”, Presented in the National Conference “The First Postgraduate Conference on Chinese Studies”, held in University of Malaya, 21st August 2010.Committee member, International Conference on “Asian Chinese Culture and Literature”, University of Malaya, 5th – 6th November 2011.
  2. “The Spiritual World of Kampung Pulai in Malaysia”, Presented in the International Conference “The Inaugural Biennial Conference on Malaysian Chinese Studies”, held in Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China), 8th – 10th June 2018.
  3. Participant, “Sinophone Workshop in Penang”, held in Georgetown Penang, Malaysia, 7th – 13th July 2019.
  4. “Rethinking on the Role of Johore and Singapore Chinese Leader – Major Tan Hiok Nee”, presented a paper in the International Conference “10th EUROseas Conference 2019” at The Humboldt-Universität (Berlin, Germany), 10th –13th September 2019.
  5. “Temple Worship and Historical Reasons: A Case Study of the Goddess of Mercy Ritual in a Malaysia Chinese Village”, presented a paper in the International Conference “EUROseas Conference 2019” at The Humboldt-Universität (Berlin, Germany), 10th – 13th September 2019.

Research Experience
  1. Research Assistant, The Chinese in Sabah, 1945-1963: A community in The Formative Years of a New Colonial State, 1st September 2011 – 31st May 2012, History Department, University of Malaya.
  2. Research Assistant, The Tussles Between Mandarin and Hakka: Sustaining Language Identity, 1st July 2012 – 30th December 2012, Chinese Studies Department, University of Malaya.
  3. Researcher, TRP Heritage Sdn. Bhd, Melaka, 1st September 2012 – 31st December 2016.
  4. Research Assistant, Hakka Culture Fieldwork and Research, 1st April 2017 – 31st July 2017, Chinese Studies Department, NUS.
  5. Research Assistant, Social Network of Southeast Chinese in China, 1st November 2017 – 31st September 2018, Chinese Studies Department, NUS.
  6. Research Assistant, GE module “Prominent Chinese in Colonial Singapore”, 20th March 2019 – 10th May 2019.
  7. Convener, Southeast Asia Chinese and Modern China Research Group of Department of Chinese Studies, NUS, 2018-2020.

Honours and Awards
  1. The University Book Prize, University of Malaya, 2008.
  2. China-AUN Scholarship 2008/2009, ASEAN University Network (AUN), China Government, 2008-2011.
  3. NUS Research Scholarship, January 2017 – 2021.
  4. 11th Chaosan History and Culture Ph.D. & Master Thesis Funding Program, 2018.
  5. NUS Conference Funding GSCC, 2019.
  6. NUS Graduate Research Scholar Grant, 2019.
  7. Yeo Khee Lim Teochew Cultural Research Centre Scholarship, 2020-2021.

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