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Reframing Centuries of Cham Forced Displacement

Royal Society for Asian Affairs
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This talk explores how the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora challenge ethnic categorisations of ‘them’ and ‘us’. The Cham people are a diverse group of once-seafaring Muslim and Hindu communities living on and around the South China Sea, in PRC China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia and who have been subjected to centuries of forced displacement form the now defunct Cham empire. This talk takes the long view of Cham ethnicity, history and culture as represented or silenced in Vietnamese, Malaysian and Chinese museums; analysing how quasi-official museum representations in these countries compare with the diverse identity narratives of Cham people themselves.

Dr Claire Sutherland PhD, MSc, MSc, LLB is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School in the School of Government and International Affairs

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