Jack Chia Meng-tat

Years of Stay at HYI: 
Sep 2009 to Dec 2012
Jack Meng-Tat Chia is a Ph.D. candidate in Southeast Asian history at Cornell University. Born and raised in Singapore, he received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. in history from the National University of Singapore,  and his second M.A. in Regional Studies - East Asia from Harvard University, where he was a Harvard-Yenching Scholar. His research interests include Southeast Asia-China interactions, Buddhism, Chinese popular religion, and overseas Chinese history. His articles have appeared in journals such as Asian Ethnology, China Quarterly, Dongnanya yanjiu, Journal of Chinese Religions, New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, and SOJOURN. He is currently writing his dissertation titled: “Diasporic Dharma: Buddhism and Modernity across the South China Sea.”
Recent Publications: 
“Toward a Modern Buddhist Hagiography: Telling the Life of Hsing Yun in Popular Media.” Asian Ethnology 74, 1 (2015): 141-165.
“A Recent Quest for Religious Roots: The Revival of the Guangze Zunwang Cult and its Sino-Southeast Asian Networks, 1978-2009.”  Journal of Chinese Religions 41, 2 (November 2013): 91-123.
“Zhongxin guanxi zhong de fojiao—Hongchuan fashi jiqi fanghua 中新關係中的佛教-宏船法師及其訪華 (1982-1990).” Dongnanya yanjiu 東南亞研究 (Southeast Asian Studies) 4 (2013): 78-85.