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Yong Kee, Associate Professor

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Kee Yong

Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology

Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

Area(s) of Interest:


Research & Supervisory Interests

Kee Yong has done research on communism and the sacrificed of the Chinese Hakkas in Cold and post-Cold War Sarawak, Borneo and has written on various aspects of the silencing of this Cold War political and economic history. Since then, his research on the recurring conflict in Muslim majority provinces in Thailand's far south focuses with the ways in which regimes of fear affect the way minorities relate to one another and to those in authority – in this case how Muslimness in southern Thailand are produced, under what constraints and structures, and by what technologies and force. His research on Thailand's far south is part of a larger project on separatist movements seeking national liberation in different (and yet similar) geopolitical settings. In this regard, his work on Thailand's far south is a continuation of his earlier work insofar as he focuses on the relationship between the construction of minorities - and thus majority - and on issues on violence, history, memory, forgetting, silencing, economics, and political formations. Kee Yong is currently working on a collaborative project, one that seeks to understand analytically the potential geopolitical and economic realignment under China's Belt and Road Initiatives across the World Of Ocean Shores, referring here to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean that encompasses parts of East Africa and the Middle East.


PhD - Graduate Center, CUNY


Search course offerings in Anthropology


Courses (2020-2021)


  • ANTHROP 3F03 - Anthropology and the Other
  • ANTHROP 4CP3 - Cultural Politics of Food and Eating


  • ANTHROP 2HE3 - Heritage, Economy, and Ethics
  • ANTHROP 4SG3 - The Secret of the Gift 

 Courses (2019-2020)


  • ANTHROP 3F03 - Anthropology and the Other(ed)
  • ANTHROP 4CP3 - Cultural Politics of Food and Eating


  • ANTHROP 720 (Cross-listed with GLOBALST 720) - Politics of Desire: Engaging the "Present" through Various Domains of the Sociopolitical, Economical, and the Aesthetics





Journal Articles:

­­­The mak pasar: Engaging with the difficulty of reality in a recurring conflict-ridden Thailand’s far south. Public Anthropologist 1: 246-264 (2019).

Staging History for Thailand's Far South: Fantasy for a Supposedly Pliant Muslim Community. Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture 20(2-3): 171-185 (2014)

There are ponoks, and there are ponoks: Traditional religious boarding schools in Thailand’s far-south. Advances in Anthropology 2(3): 161-68 (2012).

Divergent interpretations of communism and currents of duplicity in post Cold War Sarawak. Critique of Anthropology 27 (1): 63-86 (2007).

The politics and aesthetics of place-names in Sarawak.  Anthropological Quarterly 80 (1): 65-91(2007).

Silences in history and nation-state: Reluctant accounts of the Cold War in Sarawak. American Ethnologist 33 (3): 462-73 (2006).


The Hakkas of Sarawak: Sacrificial Gifts in Cold War Era Malaysia. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, Anthropological Horizons series (2013).

Thailand's far south: Engaging with the difficulty of reality in a recurring conflict. (under review with a university press)