Stanley Chia is a second-year MA student in in UBC’s Department of History. His current work focuses on modern Southeast Asian history, particularly how ordinary Malaysians narrate their experiences of political violence during the racial riots of 1969 Kuala Lumpur. He has broader research interests in how European colonialism and fluid Chinese identities can be linked with nation-building in Malaysia and Indonesia during the 1950s and 1960s. He is comfortable working with Chinese and Malay texts, having learnt both languages during the formative years of his life.
Stanley has two years of teaching experience, having led tutorials and supervised the learning of more than a hundred undergraduate students as a Teaching Assistant (TA). In the past, he has been the TA for History 103 (World History since 1900) and History 391 (Human Rights in World History). He will be the TA for History 319 (Britain, 1945 to present) from January to April 2020.
Besides working as a TA, Stanley is a program coordinator at the Centre for Southeast Asian Research (CSEAR), Institute of Asian Research, UBC. At CSEAR, he organizes events and works on a series of projects, the most recent one being a study of local elections in Malaysia.
Stanley is the History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) Faculty representative for the 2019-2020 academic year. In this capacity, he voices HGSA members' concerns at the monthly departmental meetings and sits on several sub-committees of the HGSA.
While an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto, Stanley double majored in History and International Relations, and minored in Contemporary Asian Studies. Thus, he has worked on case studies of comparative British, Dutch, French and Japanese colonialisms in modern East, South, and Southeast Asia. He remains interested on themes such as exile, indigeneity, colonial space, coups, revolutions and decolonization. He has also written some class papers on issues of sovereignty in early 20th century China, US foreign policy, Canadian defence policy and Malaysian education policy.
During Stanley’s free time, he enjoys watching movies, playing music, and taking photos.
Teaching and Supervision
Teaching Assistant, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
History 103, Section 001 – World History Since the 1900s (September 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019)
History 391, Human Rights in World History (September 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019)
History 319, Britain, 1945 to present (January 2, 2020 - April 30, 2020)
- Southeast Asia
- Oral History
- Chinese diaspora
- Empire, Decolonization and Postcolonial History
- International Relations
“Of Being Bold and Fortunate,” Pathways: the Asian Pathways Research Lab Publication 1, no. 1 (2017): 57-64.
“Forced Movement of People: Exile, Indigeneity and the Creation of Colonial Space,” INDePth Conference, U of T, February 27, 2017.
“Pro-Bumiputera Policy, 1MDB and Repression: Malaysia since the 13th General Election.” Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies, March 13, 2016.
“A New History of Vietnam? Questions of Colonialism, Collaboration, and Periodization.” Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies, December 1, 2016.
2019-20 UBC Department of History Summer Research and Writing Fellowship
2019-20 Sir Quo-Wei Lee Fellowship (St. John's College Research Travel Scholarship)
2018-19 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship- Master’s (CGS M) Scholarship
2018-19 UBC Faculty of Arts Graduate Award
“An Oral History of the May 1969 Riots in Kuala Lumpur,” at Canadian Conference for Southeast Asian Studies (CCSEAS), Montreal, Canada, October 2019.
“Decolonization and Konfrontasi in Southeast Asia, 1957-67,” Guest Lecture for History 103 (World History since 1900), UBC, February 2019.
“The ‘Sharing’ of Power, Hunger, and Decolonization: An End to French Rule in Vietnam,” at Qualicum Conference, University of Victoria, January 2019.
“Of Training Programs and Scholarships: Practices of Citizenship among Malaysians in Canada,” at New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS), Rochester Institute of Technology, September 2018.
“Of Being Bold and Fortunate” as part of the Grandparent Project, Munk School of Global Affairs, September 2017.