Department of History
Univeristy of Cambridge; Dept. of History, HKUCHINESE BANKING AND EVERYDAY PRACTICES IN 1950S SOUTHEAST ASIA
17 Nov 2022 (Thurs) 5:30 p.m.
Run Run Shaw Tower 4/F 4.04
This paper scrutinises the way banking services and the everyday life of the overseas Chinese were interwoven in 1950s Southeast Asia. It examines, above all, loan initiatives conceived specifically to cater for Chinese communities in Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Singapore. By analysing the terms and conditions of these schemes, the paper demonstrates how banking services steered practices of belonging and related to questions of ideological authenticity amongst the overseas Chinese. In doing so, it also highlights how a conjuncture of forces—from the politics of decolonisation and state-building to the global Cold War—came into dialogue with the everyday life of Chinese communities across Southeast Asia at the time.
Nathanael Lai is a PhD candidate in World History from the University of Cambridge. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, his research traces the business, intellectual, and socio-cultural linkages of Chinese communities in 1950s Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand. He received his MPhil in World History from Cambridge and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hong Kong. Past projects explore contentious politics in colonial Hong Kong and its connections to Southeast Asia.
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