Kwee Hui Kian
focuses on South China Sea, Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia.
She has examined various themes relating to history of political
economy, colonialism, capitalism; and Chinese mercantile
families, migration and economic activities. Her most recent
projects explore the cultural-religious strategies of Chinese
diasporic entrepreneurship and integrate studies of South
China and Southeast Asia.
is currently conducting a multi-year research project funded
by SSHRC and the Connaught Foundation. The project is entitled
“Cultural Strategies, Capital Accumulation: Elite Chinese
Merchants in Nineteenth Century Melaka and Batavia”.
she is using Dutch and English East India Company and colonial
archives, as well as Chinese epigraphic materials, genealogies
and oral histories to
determine the linkage
between transnational capital and the strategic consolidation
of identity politics, particularly how far cultural resources
have effected the economic expansion of Chinese people in
the longue durée. She hopes ultimately to offer possibilities
to conceptualize a Chinese mode of capitalism through their