Panel 3 Speakers

Maznah Mohamad

Maznah Mohamad is Associate Professor with the Department of Malay Studies and Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore. She specializes in gender, ethnic and Islamic studies with regional emphases on Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Her published books include, Melayu: The Politics, Poetics and Paradoxes of Malayness (co-edited 2011, NUS Press), Changing Marriage Patterns in Southeast Asia: Economic and Socio-Cultural Dimension (co-edited 2011, Routledge Press) and Family Ambiguity and Domestic Violence in Asia: Concept, Law and Process (co-edited 2013, Sussex Academic Press).

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Farabi Fakih

Dr. Farabi Fakih is a lecturer at the History Department of the Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He has a variety of research interests including the history of Indonesian political thought, Indonesian urban history and the history of the Indonesian political-economy. He obtained both his PhD and MPhil degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands. His dissertation focused on analyzing the development of Indonesia’s managerial class in the early post-colonial period and how this affected the rise of the New Order regime. He is currently revising the dissertation into a publication.

Rhoma Dwi Aria Yuliantri

Rhoma Dwi Aria Yuliantri  is a lecturer of History Education Program-Social Facuty, UNY, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She finis Master of History Education in Jakarta State University.  Books publication: Lekra and Ensembels Tracing the Indonesia Musical Stage. “Heirs to World Culture: Being Indonesia 1950-1965”, edt. Jennyfer Lindsay dan H.T. Maya Liem, publis by KITLV Leiden. Lekra Tidak Membakar Buku: Suara Senyap Lembar Kebudayaan Harian Rakjat 1950-1965, Pers Perempuan Indonesia, Sebad Pers Kebangsaan, Tokoh Pers Indonesia, etc.

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Ngu Ik Tien

Ngu Ik Tien obtained PhD in Political Science from Universiti Sains Malaysia in 2013. My thesis researches on state power and local politics in Sarawak. Currently, I am serving as Senior Lecturer at the Department of Chinese Studies, University of Malaya. My research interests include Sarawak politics, Contemporary Chinese society in Malaysia, Malaysian Christianity and urban activism in Malaysia.


Budiawan completed his B.A. in History at Gadjah Mada University (1991), M.A. and Ph.D in Southeast Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1999 and 2003 respectively.  His major intererests include history and politics of memory, ethnicity and politics of identity, and postcolonial theories.

Suzie Handayani

Suzie Handayani’s research interest is in gender, media and popular culture. She also teaches Indonesian Society and Culture among other subjects at Anthropology Department, University Gadjah Mada.

Por Heong Hong
Por Heong Hong

POR Heong Hong earned her PhD from the School of Social Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, in November 2014. Por’s research interests lie at the convergence of cultural studies and postcolonial inquiry of issues regarding health, illness, medicine, bodies, gender, nationalism and modernity. She is currently a research member of the Malaysian Ministry of Education funded project “Traditional Knowledge” at the Center for Poverty and Development Studies, University of Malaya. Her engagement with the “Traditional Knowledge” project examines how different forces and ideas – therapeutic, religious, scientific, and commercial – negotiate with one another in the process of forming a regulatory framework for traditional medicine and herbal products in Malaysia.

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Wong Chin Huat

A fellow at Penang Institute, Dr. Wong Chin Huat earned his PhD from University of Essex on a thesis on electoral system and party system in West Malaysia. His research interests cover ethnic politics, electoral politics, electoral system, federalism and decentralisation, civil society and activism, and rational choice theory. His long-term focus is into analysing the origin, nature and logic of Malaysia’s winner-takes-all political system, trying to understand how the regime maintains itself as both an electoral one-party state and an inclusive ethnocracy.

Sai Siew Min
Sai Siew Min

Sai Siew-Min is a Taipei-based Singaporean historian who researches the histories of Singapore and Indonesia with a focus on language, race and Chineseness, gender, colonialism and nationalism. She was formerly with the History Department at the National University of Singapore. She is co-editor of Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: history, religion and belonging and has published several journal articles and book chapters.