Researcher - Diana Wong Ing Boh

Associate Fellow, MCRC

Diana Wong obtained her first degree in sociology from the University of Singapore (1974) and her PhD from the University of Bielefeld (1984). Siversithe has held academic positions at the 

Uny of Bielefeld (1980 – 1985) and the University of Nuremberg-Erlangen (1985 – 1992), in Germany, and was Deputy Director at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore (1995 – 1998). In Malaysia, she was Associate Professor at the National University of Malaysia (1999 – 2005) and Visiting Professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia (2010 – 2012). She also served as Project Coordinator of the New York-based Social Science Research Council project on “The Religious Lives of Immigrant Communities” (2006 – 2009). Recent publications include several papers on migration as well as on collective war memory. Her current research interests are in the area of international migration and religion.




Book (Single Authorship) 
1. 1987 Wong, Diana 
Peasants in the Making. Malaysia's Green Revolution, Singapore:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 
2. 2000a Wong, Diana 
From Exile to Diaspora. Asylum in a German City. (Vom Exil zur  Diaspora. Asyl in einer deutschen Stadt) Nuernberg : Schriftreihe des Sozialwissenschaftlichen Forschungszentrum, Universitaet Erlangen- Nuernberg, Heft 6. 

Book (Editor of volume) 
3. 2000b P. Lim Pui Huen and Diana Wong 
War and Memory in Malaysia and Singapore, Singapore: Institute of  Southeast Asian Studies. 
4. 2016 Rashidah Shuib, Noraida Endut and Diana Wong   Gender Justice in Asia, Penang: Universiti Sains Malaysia Press. Articles in Edited Volumes 
5. 1984 Wong, Diana 
"The Limits of Using the Household as a Unit of Analysis", in Smith, J,  Wallerstein, I and Evers, H-D (eds), Households and the World- Economy, London: Sage, pg 56-63. 
6. 1990 Wong, Diana 
“Die Dimension der Flüchtlingsmigration in die Bundesrepublik Deutschland” (The dimensions of refugee migration in the Federal Republic of Germany), in Frauen in der einen Welt (ed) Flucht,  Vertreibung, Exilasyl : Frauenschicksale im Raum Erlangen, Fürth, Nü rnberg, Schwabach, Nürnberg: Zentrum für Frauenalltagsforschung und  Internationalen Austausch, 1990, pg 359-361. 
7. 1991a Wong, Diana 
“Kinship and the Domestic Development Cycle", in Husken, F and Kemp, J (eds), Cognation and Social Organisation in Southeast Asia,  Leiden: KITLV Press, pg 193-201. 
8. 1992a Wong, Diana 
"The Figure of the Stranger in Societal Discourse. The case of Refugee Migration to Germany” (Fremdheitsfiguren im gesellschaftlichen 
Diskurs. Am Beispiel der Asylzuwanderung nach Deutschland), in Matthes, J (ed), Zwischen den Kulturen, Sonderband 8 der Sozialen 
Welt, Goettingen: Otto Schwartz, pg 405 - 419.
9. 1996a Wong, Diana 
“Labour Migration and the Emergence of Plural Societies in Southeast  Asia.”, in Bade, K. (ed) Migration-Ethnizitaet-Konflikt: Systemfragen  und Fallstudien, Osnabrueck: Universitaetsverlag Rasch, pg 273 – 288. 
10. 1999a Wong, Diana 
“The Future/s of Globalisation” (Die Zukuenfte von Globalisierung), in Rüsen, J, H Leitgeb and N Jegelka (eds) Zukuenftsentwuerfe. Ideen für eine Kultur der Veränderung, Frankfurt: Campusverlag, pg 53 – 61. 
11. 2000a Wong, Diana 
"Men who built Singapore. Thai Workers in the Construction Industry",  in Supang Chantanavich , A. Gemershausen and A. Beesey (eds) Thai 
Migrant Workers in East and Southeast Asia 1996 - 1997, Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, pg 58 – 107. 
12. 2001a Wong, Diana 
"Memory Suppression and Memory Production. The Japanese Occupation of Singapore", in T. Fujitani, Geoffrey White and Lisa Yoneyama (eds) Perilous Memories. The Asia-Pacific War(s), Duke  University Press, pg 218-238. 
13. 2001b Wong, Diana and Maria Chin Abdullah 
“Printing and Publishing Sector”, in Cecilia Ng (ed) Teleworking and Development in Malaysia, Penang: Southbound, pg 56-72. 
14. 2002 Wong, Diana and Teuku Afrizal Teuku Anwar 
“Political Violence and Migration: Recent Achehnese Migration to Malaysia”, in Indonesia and Displacement, APMRN/Unesco-Most, pg 51 – 66. 
15. 2003 Wong, Diana and T. Afrizal T. Anwar 
"Migran Gelap: Irregular Migrants in Malaysia's Shadow Economy", in Graziano Battistella and Maruja M.B. Asis (eds) Unauthorized  Migration in Southeast Asia, Scalabrini Migration Center, pg 169 – 228. 
16. 2004a Wong, Diana 
"Forced Migration in East Asia", in Carolina Hernandez and Steffen Angenendt (eds) Foreign Workers, Refugees, and Irregular Immigrants: Political Challenges and Perspectives for Asia-Europe Cooperation, pg  183 – 204. 
17. 2004b Wong, Diana 
“Globalisation and the End of Empire”, in Abdul Rahman Embong (ed) Globalisation, culture and inequalities: in Honour of the late Ishak Shari, Universiti Kebangsaan Press, pg 52 – 61. 
18. 2004c Wong, Diana
“Illegal Migrants and the Illegitimacy of Migration. Policy Implications from a Malaysian Case Study”, in Anheier, Helmut and Isar , Yudhishthir Raj (eds) Conflicts and Tensions, The Cultures and Globalisation Series, Sage Publications, pg 272-276. 
19. 2005a Wong, Diana 
“The Rumor of Trafficking: Border Controls, Illegal Migraion, and the Sovereignty of the Nation-State”, in Willem van Schendel and Itty  Abraham (eds) Illicit Flows and Criminal Things, States, Borders and  the Other Side of Globalization, Indiana University Press, pg 60 – 100. 
20. 2005b Wong, Diana 
“The rumour of trafficking and the management of migration studies”, in Toshio Iyotani and Masako Ishii (eds) JCAS Symposium series 22: Motion in Place/ Place in Motion, 21st Century Migration, Osaka: The  Japan Center for Area Studies National Museum of Ethnology, pg 119- 131. 
21. 2006a Wong, Diana 
“The Recruitment of Foreign Labour in Malaysia: From Migration System to Guest Worker Regime”, in Amarjit Kaur and Ian Metcalfe  (eds) Mobility, Labour Migration and Border Controls in Asia, Palgrave  MacMillan, pg 213 – 227. 
22. 2006b Wong, Diana 
“War, memory and the significant past”, in Urvashi Butalia, Jong Won  Lee et al (eds) The Community of Asia: Concept or Reality?, Japan: Japan Foundation and International House of Japan, pg 264-271. 
23. 2007 Wong, Diana 
“Migration, Conflict and Illegitimacy: A Malaysian Case Study”, in  Anheier, Helmut and Yudhishthir Raj Isar (eds) Conflicts and Tensions,  The Cultures and Globalization Series, Sage Publications, pg 272 - 276 
24. 2009 Wong, Diana 
“Malaysia’s New Migrants: Problems of Incorporation and Management”, in Lim Teck Ghee, Alberto Gomes and Azly Rahman (eds) Multiethnic Malaysia, Past, Present and Future, Kuala Lumpur:  SIRD, pg 391 – 406. 
25. 2010 Wong, Diana 
“The National Context of Migration Research in Malaysia. Which Nation, What State, Whose Migration?” in Dietrich Thränhardt and  Michael Bommes (eds) National Paradigms of Migration Research, Göttingen: V&R unipress, pg 301 – 314. 
26. 2012 Wong, Diana and Tan Pok Suan 
“‘Looking for a life’: Rohingya refugee migration in the post-imperial age”, in Malini Sur and Barak Kabir (eds) Transnational Flows and Permissive Polities: Ethnographies of Human Mobilities in Asia, Amsterdam University Press, pg 75 – 90.
27. 2016 Wong, Diana 
“Changing Fate and Finding Voice: Female Return Migration and Empowerment in two Indonesian Villages”, in Rashidah Shuib,  Noraidah Endut and Diana Wong (eds) Gender Justice in Asia, Penang:  Universiti Sains Malaysia Press, pg 167-182. 

Articles in Journals 
28. 1980 Elwert, Georg and Wong, Diana 
"Subsistence Production and Commodity Production in the Third  World", Review, 3(3), 501 - 22. 
29. 1983 Wong, Diana 
"Differentiation Among Padi Households in the Muda Region: A  Village Case Study", in: Kajian Malaysia, 1(2): 124 - 142. 
30. 1989 Wong, Diana 
"The Semantics of Migration", Sojourn, 4(2): 275 - 285. 
31. 1991b Wong, Diana 
"Asylum as a Relationship of Otherness: A Study of Asylum Holders in  Nuernberg, Germany", in: Journal of Refugee Studies, 4(2): 150 - 163.  
32. 1992b Wong, Diana 
"Rethinking Culture Shock. On the Negotiation with Otherness in  Research Practice” (Rethinking Kulturschock: Zum Umgang mit der  Fremdheit in der Forschungspraxis), in: kea, 3 : 1 - 16. 
33. 1995a Wong, Diana 
“Post- and Pre-Modern Ambiguities”, in: Sojourn, 10(1). 
34. 1995b Wong, Diana 
“Regionalism in the Asia Pacific - a response to Kanishka Jayasuriya”,  in: The Pacific Review, 8(4). 
35. 1995c Wong, Diana 
“War and Women”, in: Canadian Woman Studies (les cahiers de la  femme), 15(2 & 3): 25-29. 
36. 1996b Wong, Diana 
“Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore” in “Asia Pacific Migration  Journal, 5(1): 117-138. 
37. 1997 Wong, Diana 
“Transience and Settlement: Singapore’s Foreign Labour Policy” in Asia  Pacific Migration Journal, 6(2): 135-167.
38. 1999b Wong, Diana 
“War, Memory and the Significant Past” in Sekai, 8.
39. 2000b Wong, Diana 
“Memories of A Global City: ‘The Singapore Story’”, in Quadrants Areas, Cultures and Positions, 2 (March): 35-42. 
40. 2001b Wong, Diana and Teuku Afrisal 
“The Irregular Labour Migration System from Indonesia to Peninsular Malaysia” in Akademika, Bil 58 (Jan): 99 – 110. 
41. 2011 Wong, Diana and Arfan Aziz  Dwelling in Transience: Kyai, Pesantren, and the Circulation of Piety  among Indonesian Migrants in Malaysia, in Kontekstualita, 26 (1): 21- 37. 
42. 2013a Wong, Diana and Ooi Pei Wen  “The Globalization of Tertiary Education and Intra-Asian Student  Mobility: Mainland Chinese Student Mobility to Malaysia”, in Asia and  Pacific Migration Journal, 22 (1): 55 – 76. 
43. 2013b Wong, Diana 
“Introduction: The New Chinese Migration to Southeast Asia”, in Asia and Pacific Migration Journal, 22 (1): 1-6.  44. 2013c Wong, Diana and Aziz A.  “Kehadhiran Jamuah Tabligh di Malaysia dan Memoir Seorang Karkun  Tabilgh”, in Kontekstualita 28 (2): 191 – 225. 
44. 2013d Wong, Diana 
穆斯林的流动与中国᪂移民/马来西亚回族流动个案研究,in Overseas Chinese History Studies, 2: 13-28. 
45. 2014a Wong, Diana and Ngu, Ik Tien  “A ‘Double Alienation’. The Vernacular Chinese Church in Malaysia”,  in Asian Journal of Social Science, 42 (3-4): 262 – 290. 
46. 2014b Wong, Diana 
“Time, generation and context in narratives of migrant and religious  journeys,” in Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs, 14 (3):  306 – 325. 
47. 2014c Wong, Diana 
“Migration, Settlement and the Rise of a New Middle Class in Malaysian Chinese Society: A Case Study of Kajang”, Malaysian Journal of Chinese Studies, 3(1): 61 – 76. 
48. 2014d Wong, Diana and Peggy Levitt 
“Travelling faiths and migrant religions: the case of circulating models of da’wa among the Tabligh Jamaat and Foguangshan in Malaysia”, in 
Global networks: a journal of transnational affairs, 14 (3): 348 – 362. 
49. 2015 Wong, Diana
We are Believers”: Contemporary Hui mobility in transnational Islamic  space – a Malaysian case-study, in Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies,  7: 88-108.