Welcome to ISSCO!

ISSCO, the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, was established in 1992. Professor Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore, was appointed President and Professor Wang Ling-chi, Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, Secretary-Treasurer together with a number of regional Board members.

ISSCO is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional society of individuals and institutions interested in and committed to the study of Chinese overseas. The primary purposes of the society are to advance research and scholarly exchange in the study of Chinese overseas, to provide means for research and publications, and to organise and support national and international conferences.

ISSCO Official website : http://www.haiwaihuaren.net
Email: isscosecretariat@gmail.com


Cancellation of 2020 Conference

April 10, 2020
Dear colleagues and friends,

Given the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is impossible to hold the upcoming ISSCO conference in November, 2020 at Mahidol University, Thailand, as originally planned. After careful deliberation, the ISSCO Board as well as the organizing university decided with regret to announce the cancellation of this year's ISSCO conference. Once the pandemic is over, I hope I can report to you as early as possible about the plan for the 2021 ISSCO annual conference.

I also wish to take this occasion to wish you well. I look forward to seeing you again in 2021.

Li Minghuan


8-11 November 2019, ISSCO X: "Chinese Overseas and China: Through a Global Lens," Jinan University, Guangzhou.

Conference Handbook and Conference Program 1
Conference Handbook and Conference Program 2

ISSCO Conference 2019 Information
ISSCO Conference 2019 Information (Chinese Version)

ISSCO 2019 CFP (Chinese version)
ISSCO 2019 Form for Individual
ISSCO 2019 Form for Panel

List of Officers

2019-2021 List of Officers
2016-2019 List of Officers
2013-2016 List of Officers
2010-2013 List of Officers
2007-2010 List of Officers
2004-2007 List of Officers

President's Message

The 10th ISSCO International Conference was held at Ji Nan University, Guangzhou, November 8-11, 2019. Nearly three hundred scholars from about thirty countries participated the conference. At this conference, a new ISSCO board for the term 2019-2022 was elected. I am honored to serve as the new President of ISSCO and moreover felt great responsibility laid upon me. Albeit I have limited ability I shall try my best to serve the society.

At the 10th conference, we have accepted the following ex-board members' resignation with great regret, namely ex-president Tan Chee-Beng, ex-secretary Glen Peterson, ex-treasurer Ellen Palanca, ex-director of Oceania Pookoon Kee, and ex-director at large Cheong Youngrok. Take this opportunity, I would first of all thank Tan Chee-Beng, who had been such a wonderful president to lead the society for two terms and set up an excellent example for me. Professor Tan has since been elected as an ex-officio member of the board. Meanwhile, I thank all those who had served in the last term from 2016 to 2019, the ISSCO cannot keep going on without their outstanding contributions.

On the basis of previous frameworks, a new board has been successfully elected. We welcome new board members, namely Wang Wei (Treasurer), Gao Jia (Oceania representative), Danny Wong Tze Ken (Southeast Asia representative), Joaquin Beltran Antolin (Europe representative), Victor Zheng (Hong Kong representative), and Duan Ying (mainland China representative). The new Executive committee comprises with the President, Vice President Mette Thuno (Denmark), the Secretary Ho Khai Leong (Malaysia), the Treasurer Wang Wei (Japan) and ten directors representing their respective region, two directors-at-large. In the evening of the 10th of November, the new board held its first meeting, in the presence of five ex-officio members of the board (Professor Gungwu Wang unfortunately was unable to join us). We all agree that we should enlarge our society by attracting more members. We are determined to work closely and try to achieve a good result.

The next ISSCO Regional conference will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, November 6-8 2020. It will devote special attention to Chinese Overseas in Southeast Asia, with an emphasis on Chinese in Thailand. Other areas will also be included in the program. ISSCO is honored to co-organize this conference with the Center for China and Globalizing Asia Studies (CCGA) of Mahidol University, Thailand. We are looking forward to seeing ISSCO members and scholars from all over the world at this first ISSCO regional conference to be held in Thailand, one important historical and new destination of Chinese Overseas, meanwhile a beautiful country with rich cultures.


With the warmest regards,

Li Minghuan
ISSCO president
December 2019