Hannah M.Y. Ho

Hannah M.Y. Ho

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Dr Hannah M.Y. Ho is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She is an Associate at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Her research lies at the intersection of race, gender and nation with an interdisciplinary focus on literature, culture and education. She has been awarded grants to study cultural and literary representations of the Chinese in Brunei Darussalam. Her articles have been published in Asiatic, Kritika Kultura, South Asian Diaspora, International Journal of Asia Pacific Studies, The Wenshan Review and Suvannabhumi. She co-edited Engaging Modern Brunei: Research on Language, Literature and Culture (2021).

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.