Faculty and Staff


Liu Hong (Professor)


Telephone: 6592-3772/6514-1048
Email: liuhong@ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address

48 Nanyang Avenue, 5th floor
Singapore 639818
Nanyang Technological University




Educated in China, the Netherlands and USA, Professor LIU Hong has extensive teaching and research experiences concerning modern Asia, public policy, and Chinese international migration. He is presently Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of History and Asian Studies, Chair of School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Director of Nanyang Centre for Public Administration at Nanyang Technological University. He was Assistant Professor/Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore (1995-2006), Chair Professor of East Asian Studies and Founding Director of Centre for Chinese Studies at the University of Manchester (2006-2010).

Liu Hong has held a number of visiting professorship/fellowship appointments over the past decade, including at Harvard, Kyoto, Peking, Stockholm Universities, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He was awarded in 2007 the Eminent Yangtze Scholar Award by the PRC Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Li Kashing Foundation in Hong Kong. Liu Hong is presently an elected Vice President of the Asian Association of World Historians.  

Professor Liu’s main areas of research include Asian governance from an historical and transnational perspective, global talent mobility, Sino-Southeast Asian interactions, and Chinese international migration. He has authored/edited 14 books (in English, Chinese, and Indonesian), and over 80 academic articles including in top international journals such as World Politics, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Nature and Culture, The China Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary China, Critical Asian Studies, Asian Studies Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Indonesia,『東南アジア研究』and《历史研究》. His most recent book is entitled Singapore’s Talent Strategies and Practices《新加坡的人才战略与实践》(Beijing, 2015).

Professor Liu is the Editor of Journal of Chinese Overseas (Boston and Leiden) and Co-editor of the International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies (Singapore), and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Contemporary China (Routledge), Journal of Technology Management in China (Emerald, UK), China Studies (Beijing), The Asian Review of World Histories (Osaka), Monograph Series The Chinese World (London and New York), Brill Chinese Overseas Monograph Series (Boston and Leiden), and Zhejiang University Press’s Series on Economic History (Hanzhou & Beijing). 


Selected Publications


  • Liu Hong and Els Van Dongen, “China’s Diaspora Policies as a New Mode of Transnational Governance,” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 25, no. 102 (Nov 2016), pp. 1-18.

  • Liu Hong and Gregor Benton, “The Qiaopi Trade and Its Role in Modern China and the Chinese Diaspora: Toward an Alternative Explanation of ‘Transnational Capitalism’”, Journal of Asian Studies, FirstView Article / August 2016, pp 1 - 20 DOI: 10.1017/S0021911816000541,Published online: 15 August 2016

  • Giuseppina Merchionne and Liu Hong, “Arts, Cuisine et Design: La génération 1.75 de la diaspora chinoise à Milan et la création d’entreprises transnationales” [Arts, Cuisine, and Design: The 1.75 Generation of Chinese Diaspora in Milan and the Making of Transnational Enterprises], Hommes et Migrations, no. 1314 (June 2016), pp. 44-51.

  • Zhang Huimei, Gregor Benton, and Liu Hong, <侨批与政治> [Qiaopi and Politics], 华人研究国际学报 [International Journal of Diasporic Chinese Studies], vol 8, no. 1 (June 2016), pp 1-36.

  • Zhou Min and Liu Hong, “Homeland Engagement and Host-Society Integration: A Comparative Study of New Chinese Immigrants in the United States and Singapore”, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, vol. 57, nos. 1/2 (February 2016), pp. 26-51.

  • Ren Na and Liu Hong, “Traversing between Local and Transnational: Dual Embeddedness of New Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Singapore,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 24, no. 3 (September 2015), pp. 298-326.

  • Liu Hong and Els Van Dongen, special issue guest editors and contributors: “Reconsidering Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Asia,” Nature and Culture, vol. 10, issue 1 (March 2015).

  • Bin Wu and Liu Hong, “Bringing Class Back In: Class Consciousness and Solidarity among Chinese Migrant Workers in Italy and the UK,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37, no. 8 (Aug 2014), pp. 1391-1408.

  • Liu Hong, “Beyond Co-Ethnicity: The Politics of Differentiating and Integrating New Immigrants in Singapore,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37, no. 7 (July 2014), pp. 1225-1238.

  • Liu Hong, “Beyond a Revisionist Turn: Network, State, and the Changing Dynamics of Diasporic Chinese Entrepreneurship,” China: An International Journal, vol. 10, no. 3 (2012), pp. 20-41.

  • Liu Hong, “An Emerging China and Diasporic Chinese: Historicity, the State, and International Relations,” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 20, no. 71 (2011), pp. 856-876.

  • Liu Hong, China and the Shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965 (Singapore and Kyoto: National University of Singapore Press and Kyoto University Press, 2011; Indonesian version was published in Jakarta in 2015 with the title of Sukarno, Tiongkok, dan Inspirasi RRC di Indonesia, 1949-1965).

  • Liu Hong and S. K. Wong, Singapore Chinese Society in Transition: Business, Politics and Socio-economic Change, 1945-1965 (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004).