Academic Profile

Born and raised in Singapore, Ong Soon Keong received his BA(Hons) from the National University of Singapore, and Master and PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Cornell University. He specializes in the history of modern China and Southeast Asia, with particular research interest in Chinese migration, overseas Chinese communities, and trading ports. Prior to joining NTU, he taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of North Florida in the United States. He is currently working on a manuscript about Xiamen and its emigrants from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.
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Asst Prof Ong Soon Keong
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities

Chinese migration and the overseas Chinese
Modern Chinese history
Chinese urban history
Treaty ports, especially Xiamen
  • Culture to Bind the Immigrants: Allaying Discontents and Integrating New Chinese Immigrants in Singapore
  • Ong Soon Keong. Coming Home to a Foreign Country: Xiamen and the Overseas Chinese, 1843-1938. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2021.

  • 王纯强,《重返故国成异乡:厦门与归国华人,1843-1938》. Under contract to Xiamen University Press厦门大学出版社.

  • 王纯强 (ed.). (June 2019). 《雏凤清声:2016年云龙子毕业论文金牌奖与书籍奖文集》. Singapore: Bafang chubanshe.

  • Ong Soon Keong. (2020). “Rebuilding Corridor, Preserving Prestige: Lim Boon Keng and Overseas Chinese-China Relations.” China and Asia: A Journal in Historical Studies no. 2, pp. 134-161

  • Ong Soon Keong. (2017). <约莫是华人:“华侨”与海外华人的边缘化 (Almost Chinese: The marginalization of the overseas Chinese)>. 《华人研究国际学报》The International Journal of Diasporic Chinese, pp. 41-66. (In Chinese).

  • Ong Soon Keong. (2013). “Chinese, but not quite: Huaqiao and the Marginalization of the Overseas Chinese.” Journal of Chinese Overseas, vol.9, no. 1, pp. 1-32.

  • Ong Soon Keong. (2010). “To Save Minnan, To Save Ourselves: The Southeast Asia Overseas Fujianese Home Village Salvation Movement.” In Sherman Cochran and Paul Pickowicz (eds.). On the Margins of China, 243-266. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, pp. 243-266