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1st Staff Seminar: The Cultural Significance of Place Names: Examples from East Asia

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research) of New Era University College cordially invites you to its 1st Staff Seminar online. The details are as follows:

Title: The Cultural Significance of Place Names: Examples from East Asia
Date: 16 January 2021 (Saturday)
Time: 9: 30a.m.-11: 30a.m.
Venue: Zoom Meeting (Meeting ID: 706 346 0956, passcode:  224953)
Organizer: New Era University College
Language: Mandarin
Speaker: Professor Voon Phin Keong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research), New Era University College
Moderator: Dr Ang Lay Hoon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)

Resume of Speaker:
Voon Phin Keong was a former Head and Professor, Department of Geography and Department of East Asian Studies, University of Malaya; and Director, Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies, Kuala Lumpur (2002-2010).
He had served as Exchange Lecturer at the Centre of Southeast Asian Studies, Hull University, England; Visiting Fellow, Institute of Developing Economies, Tokyo; Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University; and Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University; and as Visiting Professor in Brunei University and Soka University, Tokyo. He was formerly Chief Editor of Malaysian Journal of Tropical Geography, Journal of Malaysian Chinese Studies, and currently that of the Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies.
His research interests include the human geography of Malaysia and China, the Chinese of Malaysia, Southeast Asian Studies, among others. His major publications include Western Rubber Planting Enterprise in Southeast Asia, 1876-1921Indebtedness and Land Use in Pre-War Malaya, with special reference to the Indigenous SocietyChina-Japan Relations in Transition: Towards Constructive Partnership in the 21st Century and Calling Malaysia Home: Studies on the Malaysian Chinese Community. Among his edited works are The View From Within: Geographical Essays on Malaysia and Southeast Asia; ChinesePopulation in Malaysia: Trends and Issues; China: Emerging Relations and Development; and Malaysian Chinese and Nation-building: Before Merdeka and Fifty Years After, Volumes 1 and 2 (2007 and 2008).

Place names reflect processes of historical and cultural developments. The East Asian countries of China, Korea and Japan possess distinctive cultures and traditions. In the context of their cultural differences, are there areas of similarities in their history and culture? This presentation will delve into two areas of interest, (i) place names and spatial organization, and (ii) their cultural meanings. 

Contact Ms. Su Yee Yoon (E-mail: to register your attendance.


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