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Jack ChiaI’m a Ph.D. candidate in Southeast Asian history at Cornell University. Born and raised in Singapore, I received my B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in history from the National University of Singapore, and my second M.A. in Regional Studies—East Asia from Harvard University, where I was a Harvard-Yenching Scholar. I study the Chinese diaspora in maritime Southeast Asia from the colonial period to the present, with a particular focus on Buddhism, Chinese popular religion, and Sino-Southeast Asian networks. My dissertation “Diasporic Dharma: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea” examines Chinese Buddhism in insular Southeast Asia—a missing link in the historiography of Chinese Buddhism, Chinese diaspora studies, and Southeast Asia—and inquires into the dynamics of transnational religious circulations in the modernization and globalization of Chinese Buddhism in the twentieth century. I investigate the religious careers of three eminent monks—Chuk Mor (Zhumo 竺摩, 1913-2002), Yen Pei (Yanpei 演培, 1917-1996), and Ashin Jinarakkhita (Tizheng 體正, 1923-2002)—who were instrumental in the movements, exchanges, and innovation of Buddhist knowledge and institutions in the Chinese diaspora. My research has been funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Historical Association, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, the Sheng Yen Education Foundation, and the Tan Kah Kee Foundation.

I’m Assistant Editor of Asian Culture, a bilingual academic journal of the Singapore Society of Asian Studies.


我叫謝明達,新加坡人,現為康乃爾大學歷史系博士候選人。先後自新加坡國立大學考取文學士榮譽學位和文學碩士學位。其後獲哈佛燕京學社獎學金赴美國哈佛大學就讀,2011 年獲哈佛大學區域研究—東亞碩士學位。主要研究興趣包括東南亞華人、漢傳佛教與華僑華人民間信仰。我的博士論文《移散法緣—跨越南中國海的現代佛教》主要探討二十世紀中國與東南亞之間的佛教網絡,以便了解現代化和全球化的漢傳佛教。

我目前擔任《亞洲文化》期刊的助理編輯。


Saya mahasiswa S3 jurusan Sejarah Asia Tenggara di Universitas Cornell. Lahir dan dibesarkan di Singapura, saya memperoleh gelar Sarjana dan Magister Sejarah dari Universitas Nasional Singapura. Kemudian saya melanjutkan pendidikan saya hingga memperoleh gelar Magister di bidang Studi Regional—Asia Timur di Universitas Harvard. Fokus penelitian saya mengkaji berbagai komunitas Orang Tionghoa di Asia Tenggara, khususnya di kepulauan Asia Tenggara. Saya tertarik pada agama Buddha, agama populer Tiongkok, dan jaringan diaspora yang terbentuk antara Asia Tenggara dan Tiongkok dari masa kolonial sampai saat ini. Disertasi saya “Diasporic Dharma: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea” akan mengangkat tema tentang agama Buddha di kepulauan Asia Tenggara – link yang hilang dalam historiografi Asia Tenggara dan studi diaspora Tionghoa – dan menyelidiki dinamika sirkulasi keagamaan transnasional dalam konteks modernisasi dan globalisasi agama Buddha pada abad ke-20.