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Sandeep Ray - Fear of the Hyphenated Citizen: The Internment of Chinese-Indians in 1962 - TARI Seminar Series, March 3, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Seminar

Chao Center for Asian Studies

Speaker:
Sandeep Ray
Henry Luce Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Southeast Asian Studies

Location:
Mechanical Laboratory
209

Abstract:


In 1962, India and China engaged in combat over a border dispute. Although the battle was short, the Chinese community in India faced long-term consequences. In addition to registrations, compulsory permits for domestic travel, and being disqualified from government jobs, some Chinese were taken to an internment camp in Deoli, Rajasthan. Many languished there for years while their homes were forcibly occupied and their businesses gutted. The last decade has seen a resurgence on the part of academics, journalists, activists, and filmmakers in re-investigating that harrowing episode which had been overlooked as a footnote of history. Drawing from written, oral, and visual sources, this presentation re-traces the events of that era and attempts to raise questions about the roles of the state and civic society in the ‘othering’ of a marginalised group during wartime.

Grand challenges today in politics, economics, social justice, immigration, armed conflicts, and environment are creating an overlapping effect between the Asian and the global, making it necessary that the existing framework for Asia Studies be re-crafted. Intensifying flows of people, goods, ideas, and cultures within Asia and between Asia and the rest of the world are calling for a new approach to Asia from a transnational and transhistorical perspective. The Chao Center’s new research initiative, the Transnational Asia Research Initiative (TARI), brings together scholars from a broad spectrum of disciplines and methodologies as postdoctoral fellows to address this complexity. Throughout the academic year, each fellow will host a seminar to share their unique research and perspective.

All seminars are free and open to the public. You provide the brown bag and we'll provide the coffee! No RSVP is necessary.

Sandeep Ray
Sandeep Ray is a Southeast Asian historian and award-winning filmmaker, having received the Grand Prize from the Taiwan International Document film festival in 2012 and a Best Director award from the Dubai International Film Festival in 2013, among others. During his appointment at the Chao Center, he will be working on two main projects. One is to revisit the Japanese occupation in Asia with an emphasis on non-fiction, archival film as primary source material. The other is to adapt his dissertation, Celluloid Colony: Occluded Histories of the Netherlands East Indies from Moving Images (1912-30), which focuses on early Dutch colonial propaganda film, into a book manuscript. He will also be presenting on the experiences of Asian economic migrants in Chios, Greece based on his recent fieldwork while volunteering in refugee camps. He received his PhD in history from the National University of Singapore.