Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Revolutionary Diplomacy, Diasporic Politics: China, Indonesia and the Cold War

March 5, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Event Navigation



This event has been CANCELLED due to travel restrictions.


Please join us for a lecture with:

Taomo Zhou, Assistant Professor of History

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Moderated by:

Lien-Hang Nguyen, Dorothy Borg Associate Professor in the History of the United States and East Asia

Columbia University


The overseas Chinese in Indonesia and elsewhere have often been seen as a resource for Beijing’s advancement of its interests abroad, despite the resistance of many Chinese diaspora to such characterizations. In 1965-1966, Indonesian Army general Suharto led a nation-wide anti-communist campaign, which escalated into one of the worst mass killings in the twentieth century. Suharto and his followers fanned racial tension by associating Chinese ethnicity with communism in their propaganda. As a result, many ordinary Chinese Indonesians—an ethnic minority who allegedly played an important economic role but with dubious national allegiance—were harassed, imprisoned, or expelled from the archipelago by implications. During its three-decade reign, the Suharto regime institutionalized discrimination against the Chinese based on the charge that they were used by Beijing for exporting communist revolution. This talk will investigate the veracity of Suharto regime’s accusation of the overseas Chinese as Beijing’s proxy. More broadly, it will explore the spaces where high diplomacy and everyday life experiences of the diaspora intersected in the mid-20th century and beyond.


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.

This is a Lectures and Panels event.

Registration required. Please register here.

For inquiries, please contact: sp3743@columbia.edu.



March 5, 2020

12:00 PM-1:30 PM



International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 W 118th Street


Cosponsored by: Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University


March 5, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, ,