Chang-Yau Hoon

Chang-Yau Hoon

Professor of Anthropology, Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam; Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Chang-Yau Hoon is Professor of Anthropology at the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He was formerly Director of Centre for Advanced Research, UBD.

Students of Chung Hwa Middle School on a school trip to Liuzhou, China, in November 2023. (Chung Hwa Middle School/Facebook)

Mandarin learning in Brunei’s Chinese schools: Practical considerations

Rather than a consequence of China’s cultural diplomacy, Mandarin learning in Brunei is motivated by immediate concerns of academic success and enhancing worldviews through a different language and culture.
Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque in Brunei. Chinese workers in Brunei essentially live in a bubble. (Internet)

Mainland Chinese workers in Brunei: Living in a bubble

The relationship between China and Brunei has grown significantly, but the level of people-to-people exchanges leaves much to be desired.
First-grade students wearing Hanfu clothing hold up cards with the character "ren" meaning "person" during an initiation ceremony to learn about traditional culture at a primary school in Anlong County, in China’s southwest Guizhou province, on 28 August 2023. (AFP)

Can China uphold the promises of diversity in the Global Civilisation Initiative?

China’s Global Civilisation Initiative (GCI) claims to promote inclusivity and cultural diversity. A litmus test of its credibility would be how China has and will deal with variations of cultures and identities that exist within and outside the country.