Hui Kian Kwee

huikianHui Kian Kwee (Ph.D., Leiden University) has been a postdoctoral fellow at Asia Research Institute, visiting fellow at National University of Singapore, and research fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV). Kwee’s research focuses on Southeast Asia and South China from the seventeenth century to the present. She has examined various themes relating to the history of political economy, colonialism, capitalism; and Chinese trade and labour diasporas, social-religious organizations and economic networks. Her teaching interests extend beyond these to compare similar trajectories and themes in other trading diasporas and colonial settings. Her most recent projects explore the cultural-religious strategies of Chinese diasporic entrepreneurship and integrate studies of South China and Southeast Asia.


The Political Economy of Java’s Northeast Coast, c. 1740-1800: Elite Synergy. Leiden: Brill Publications, 2006.

“The End of the ‘Age of Commerce’?: Javanese cotton trade industry from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries.” In Chinese Circulations: Capital, commodities and networks in Southeast Asia. Editors: Eric Tagliacozzo and Chang Wen-chin. Durham: Duke University Press, 2011, pp. 283-302.

“Money and Credit in Chinese Mercantile Operations in Colonial and Precolonial Southeast Asia.” In Credit and Debt in Indonesia, 860-1930: from peonage to pawnshop, from kongsi to cooperative. Ed. David Henley and Peter Boomgaard. Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies Press, 2009, pp. 124-42.
“Cultural Strategies, Economic Dominance: the lineage of Tan Bing in nineteenth-century Semarang, Java.” In Linking Destinies: trade, towns and kin in Asian history. Ed. Peter Boomgaard, Dick Kooiman and Henk Schulte Nordholt. Leiden: KITLV Press, 2008, pp. 197-217.

“How Strangers Became Kings: Javanese-Dutch relations in Java 1600-1800,” Indonesia and the Malay World 36. 2008: 293-307.

“Pockets of Empire: integrating the studies on social organizations in Southeast China and Southeast Asia,” Journal of Contemporary Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 27, 3. 2007: 616-32.

DTS2000H1: Trade Diasporas and Capitalism
HIS493H5: Advanced Topics in Global History: Trade Diasporas
HIS383H5: Chinese Diaspora
DTS201H5: Introduction to Diaspora and Transnational Studies