Reframing Centuries of Cham Forced Displacement
21 March 2018
Where: Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), 15 Belgrave Square, London SW1
1.15pm start, finishing by 2.30pm. Sandwich lunch (from 12.30pm) must be ordered by Monday 19 March via the office
Tickets: Members and their guests only
This talk explores how the lives and livelihoods of the Cham diaspora challenge ethnic categorisations of ‘them’ and ‘us’. The Cham people are a diverse group of once-seafaring Muslim and Hindu communities living on and around the South China Sea, in PRC China, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia and who have been subjected to centuries of forced displacement form the now defunct Cham empire. This talk takes the long view of Cham ethnicity, history and culture as represented or silenced in Vietnamese, Malaysian and Chinese museums; analysing how quasi-official museum representations in these countries compare with the diverse identity narratives of Cham people themselves.