My involvement in Southeast Asian studies was somewhat accidental. The earliest reason was that I took courses in Southeast Asia history and Southeast Asian Chinese history taught by Professor Huang Jianchun during college, and I became interested in Southeast Asia. He has strengthened his ambition to study and teach in Southeast Asia as his personal career.
I have a soft spot for Chinese issues company banner design in Southeast Asia, so in addition to conducting field research and interview research in Southeast Asian countries, I have also taught at Huaqiao University for many years, so that I can visit overseas Chinese hometowns and collect a large number of Chinese literature and historical materials. With the needs of research and teaching, I have been in constant contact with important classic articles, books, and audio-visual works, and under their influence, my knowledge and imagination of Southeast Asia has been expanded. What these works have in common is that they can open a window of knowledge for us, or help us change our perspective and re-understand a phenomenon or issue. For example, Wang Gungwu, Yan Qinghuang, Mai Liufang, and Huang Jianchun's works on Chinese history, Professor Chen Zhiming's research on ethnic relations and food culture, or a large number of Southeast Asian books edited by Xiao Xinhuang.
In addition, in terms of Taiwanese scholars' research on Southeast Asian countries, the works of Professor Gu Changyong, Professor Chen Peixiu, Professor Chen Shangmao, Professor Li Meixian, and Professor Lin Wenbin are also very instructive. In terms of special topics, Professor Gong Yijun's research on Taiwanese businessmen and women in Southeast Asia, Professor Yang Hao's research on Confucius Institutes in Southeast Asia and ASEAN regional governance are often listed as required reading documents for my courses. Of course, in terms of personal reading interest, there are also novels by Li Yongping and Zhang Guixing, the documentary "Bagon Trilogy" filmed by Zhou Zenan, and the audio-visual creations of Huang Mingzhi, Liao Kefa, Zhang Ji'an and others, all of which are very interesting and worth exploring. Resources. After returning to Taiwan to teach, in order to arouse students’ interest in learning, I have further extended the way to understand Southeast Asia. I encourage students not to start with reading or writing articles, but to explore Southeast Asian elements from Hong Kong and Taiwan publications and audio-visual materials to interpret them.