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Dr Ying Xin Show


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I am a postdoctoral fellow at ANU Malaysia Institute and I lecture at ANU's School of Culture, History & Language, living as an uninvited guest on the traditional lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people since late 2019. Prior to this, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the International Center for Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan (2018-2019), visiting researcher at KUNCI Cultural Studies Center, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2018) and adjunct lecturer at the Chinese Department of University of Malaya (2017-2018). 

Outside of academia, I worked as assistant editor at the online independent news portal Malaysiakini in Kuala Lumpur from 2015 to 2017. I co-founded Rumah Attap Library & Collective (2017-), an independent cultural studies library and community-building space in KL. I am also a translator in Chinese/Mandarin, English and Malay language. 

Research interests

Southeast Asian History and Literature (esp. Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia), Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Chinese and Sinophone literature, Chinese Diaspora, Translation, Memory

Researcher's projects

I have broad interests ranging from 20th-century Asian history, movements and literature to contemporary politics and society. I am particularly interested in exploring the history of migration, decolonization and the impact of the Cold War on Asian societies through literature and arts. My PhD thesis compares contemporary Anglophone and Sinophone Malaysian literature on issues related to the politics of national identity, ethnicity and language. I have co-edited (with Ngoi Guat Peng) Revisiting Malaya: Uncovering Historical and Political Thoughts in Nusantara (published by Gerakbudaya 2020). 

My current research lies primarily in the intellectual and cultural history of Malaysia and Singapore during the Cold War, in which I examine the intersection of politics and literature in the cultural networks of writers, editors, intellectuals and activists and also in print publications such as newspapers, magazines and books. My current book project deals with the cultural history of Sinophone/Chinese community in the making of Malaya (1940s to 1960s). It examines knowledge and literary productions, cultural networks and institutions as prisms to explore issues and debates such as localization, modernism, left-wing politics, gender and translation during the Malayan Emergency and in the geopolitical context of the global Cold War. 

Apart from my research, I am also the translator of Singaporean writer Alfian Sa'at's short stories collection Malay Sketches into the Chinese language (published in Nov 2020), which was shortlisted for Singapore newspaper Lianhe Zaobao's 2020 Annual Book Award

Past student projects

Beh, Zhaoyen (MA)- The Sedition Act 1948: The Making of Race, Religion and Royalty in Postcolonial Malaysia. Associate Supervisor. National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan. 2020. 


PhD, Nanyang Tehnological University, Singapore

External positions

Affiliated Research Fellow, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Expertise Areas

  • Malaysian Studies
  • Literature in Chinese
  • South-East Asian Literature
  • Asian Cultural Studies
  • Asian History
  • Chinese Diaspora
  • Translation
  • Memory Studies
  • Cold War


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