Faculty and Staff


Zhou Taomo (Assistant Professor)


Telephone: 6592 2535
Email: tmzhou@ntu.edu.sg

Mailing Address
Nanyang Technological University
School of Humanities
48 Nanyang Avenue, HSS-05-22
Singapore 639818



Taomo Zhou is an Assistant Professor of History at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, specializing in modern Chinese and Southeast Asian history. Taomo received her B.A. from Peking University and Waseda University, M. Sc. with Distinction from the London School of Economics and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Her writings have appeared in publications such as The China Quarterly, The Critical Asian Studies, the journal Indonesia, and The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China.

Taomo’s first book, Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia and the Cold War (Cornell University Press, 2019), examines how two of the world's most populous countries interacted between 1945 and 1967, when the concept of citizenship was contested, and the boundaries of political mobilization were blurred.

For an excerpt of Migration in the Time of Revolution, see “Migration, Identity and Revolution: How the Chinese Shaped Indonesia,” The South China Morning Post, Nov 23, 2019. 

For book-related podcasts: see New Books Networks​ and Talking Indonesia

Having grown up in a migrant family in Shenzhen, the first special economic zone of China, Taomo is starting a second project on the historical transformation of this modern metropolis. Taomo is keen to hear from students interested in pursuing PhD research on topics related to the Cold War, Chinese diaspora, and economic history. 

Link to personal homepage.


Selected Publications

Migration in the Time of Revolution: China, Indonesia, and the Cold War (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2019). 

Revolusi, Diplomasi, Diaspora: Indonesia, Tiongkok dan Etnik Tionghoa, 1945-1967 (Jakarta: Kompas, 2019). 

 “Sukarno’s Nuclear Ambitions and China: Translated and Annotated Documents from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Archives,” Indonesia 108 (October 2019), 89-120. 

“Global Reporting from the Third World: The Afro-Asian Journalists’ Association, 1963-1974,” Critical Asian Studies, 51:2, 166-197, https://doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2018.1561200 (Jan 2019).

Hong Liu and Taomo Zhou, “Bandung Humanism and A New Understanding of the Global South: An Introduction,” Critical Asian Studies, 51:2, 141-143, https://doi.org/10.1080/14672715.2018.1564625 (Jan 2019).

“Ambivalent Alliance: Chinese Policy towards Indonesia, 1960-1965,” The China Quarterly 221 (March 2015), pp. 208-228. 

“China and the Thirtieth of September Movement,” Indonesia 98 (October 2014), pp. 29-58.

Taomo Zhou and Hong Liu, “Chinese Foreign Policy: Southeast Asia,” in Weiping Wu and Mark W. Frazier eds., The SAGE Handbook of Contemporary China (Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2018), 610-629. 

“Tiongkok dan G30S,” in Kurasawa Aiko and Toshio Matsumura eds., G30S dan Asia—Dalam Bayang-bayang Perang Dingin (Jakarta: Kompas, 2016), pp. 1-60.