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 RECENT Publications

  1. Ting-Yan Wang and Liu Hong, eds., An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and Transnational Knowledge Transfer (London: Routledge, 2020).
  2. Gregor Benton, Huimei Zhang, Hong Liu, eds., Chinese Migrants Write Home: A Dual-Language Anthology of Twentieth-Century Family Letters (Singapore: World Scientific, 2020).
  3. Gregor Benton and Hong Liu, Dear China: Emigrant Letters and Remittances, 1820-1980 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2018).
  4. Gregor Benton, Hong Liu and Zhang Huimei, eds., The Qiaopi Trade and Transnational Networks in the Chinese Diaspora (London: Routledge, 2018).
  5. Hong Liu, China and the Shaping of Indonesia, 1949-1965 (Singapore and Kyoto: National University of Singapore Press and Kyoto University Press, 2011). The Indonesian version was published as Sukarno, Tiongkok, dan Inspirasi RRC di Indonesia, 1949-1965 [Sukarno, China, and the Inspirations of the PRC in Indonesia, 1949-1965]. Jakarta: Kommunitas Bambu, 2015.
  6. Zheng Yangwen, Hong Liu, and Michael Szonyi, eds., The Cold War in Asia: The Battle for Hearts and Minds. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2010.
  7. H. Liu, X Fan, and G. Lim, “Singapore Engages the Belt and Road Initiative: Perceptions, Policies, and Institutions,” Singapore Economic Review, forthcoming, pp. 1-22.
  8. Hong Liu and Huimei Zhang, “Singapore as a Nexus of Migration Corridors: The Qiaopi System and Diasporic Heritage,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 29, no. 2 (2020), pp. 207-226.
  9. Hong Liu, “Transnational Asia and Its Changing Dynamics at the Turn of the 21st Century,” in Hitoshi Tanaka, ed., Historical Narratives of East Asia in the 21st Century: Overcoming the Politics of National Identity (Oxon: Routledge, 2020), pp. 134-148.
  10. Hong Liu and Guanie Lim, “The Political Economy of a Rising China in Southeast Asia: Malaysia’s Responses to the Belt and Road Initiative,” Journal of Contemporary China,  vol. 28, no. 116 (2019), pp. 216-231. [Reprinted in Suisheng Zhao ed., China’s New Global Strategy: The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). London: Routledge, 2020, pp.  158-173].
  11. Na Ren and Hong Liu, “Domesticating ‘Transnational Cultural Capital’:  The Chinese State and Diasporic Technopreneur Returnees,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, vol. 45, no. 3 (2019), pp. 2308-2327.
  12. Hong Liu and Taomo Zhou, “Bandung Humanism and a New Understanding of the Global South: An Introduction,” Critical Asian Studies, vol. 51, no. 2 (2019), pp. 141-44.
  13. Hong Liu, “Global Talent Management and Higher Education Governance: The Singapore Experience in a Comparative Perspective,” in Eric Yipeng Liu, ed., Research Handbook of International Talent Management (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2019), pp. 339-363.
  14. Hong Liu and Yishu Zhou, “New Chinese Capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community,” in Yos Santasombat, ed., The Sociology of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 55-75.
  15. Hong Liu and Tingyan Wang, “China and the Singapore Model: Perspectives from the Mid-level Cadres and Implications for Transnational Knowledge Transfer,” The China Quarterly, no. 236 (2018), pp. 988-1011.
  16. Hong Liu, “Transnational Asia and Regional Networks: Toward a New Political Economy of East Asia,” East Asian Community Review, vol. 1, no. 1 (2018), pp. 33-47.
  17. Tingyan Wang and Hong Liu, “An Emerging Asian Model of Governance and Transnational Knowledge Transfer: An Introduction,” Journal of Asian Public Policy, vol. 11, no. 2 (2018), pp. 121-135.
  18. Els Van Dongen and Hong Liu, "The Changing Meanings of Diaspora: The Chinese in Southeast Asia​," in Garcia Farrer-Liu and Breanda Yeoh eds., Routledge Handbook of Asian Migrations (London: Routledge, 2018), pp.33-48.
  19. Taomo Zhou and Hong Liu, "Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia​," in Weiping Wu and Mark Frazier, eds., The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (Los Angeles and London: Sage Publications, 2018), vol.1, pp. 610-630.
  20. Hong Liu and Els Van Dongen, “China’s Diaspora Policies as a New Mode of Transnational Governance,” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 25, no. 102 (2016), pp. 805-821.
  21. Hong Liu, “Opportunities and Anxieties for the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia,” Current History: A Journal of Contemporary World Affairs, vol. 115, no. 784 (2016), pp. 311-318.
  22. Hong Liu 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, vol. 75, no. 3 (2016), pp. 575-594.
  23. Min Zhou and Hong Liu, “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, no. 1 (2016), pp. 30-52.
  24. Ren Na and Hong Liu, “Traversing between Local and Transnational: Dual Embeddedness of New Chinese Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Singapore,” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, vol. 24, no. 3 (2015), pp. 298-326.
  25. Bin Wu and Hong Liu, “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 (2014), pp. 1391-1408.
  26. Hong Liu, “Beyond Co-Ethnicity: The Politics of Differentiating and Integrating New Immigrants in Singapore,” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 37, no. 7 (2014), pp. 1225-1238.
  27. Hong Liu, “Transnational Chinese Social Sphere in Singapore: Dynamics, Transformations, Characteristics,” Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, vol. 41, no 2 (2012), pp. 37-60.
  28. Hong Liu, “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.
  29. Hong Liu, “An Emerging China and Diasporic Chinese: Historicity, the State, and International Relations,” Journal of Contemporary China, vol. 20, no. 72 (2011), pp. 813-832.