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Yong Kee, Associate Professor | Graduate Chair

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Kee Yong

Associate Professor | Graduate Chair

Department of Anthropology

Institute on Globalization & the Human Condition

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Kee Yong is Associate Professor of Anthropology and an advisory member of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. He has done research on communism and the sacrificed of the Chinese Hakkas in post-Cold War Sarawak, Borneo and has written on various aspects of the silencing of this Cold War history. Like his previous research, his current project is concerned with the ways in which regimes of fear affect the way the 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 of affect and force. The research also seeks to illuminate the reasons some Muslim men (and not the women) are invoking a certain past, and how that past and the sign of its religiosity are becoming increasingly masculinized. His current research is part of a larger project on separatist movements seeking national liberation in different (and yet similar) geopolitical settings. In this regard, this project is a continuation of his earlier work insofar as he focuses on the relationship between violence, history, memory, economics, and political formations.


PhD - Graduate Center, CUNY


Search course offerings in Anthropology


Courses (2018-19)


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


  • ANTHROP 720 - Politics of Desire

Courses (2017-18)


  • Anthrop 4CP3 - Cultural Politics of Food and Eating


  • Anthrop 3F03 - Anthropology and the "Other"
  • Anthrop 702 - Contemporary Problems in Anthropology





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).