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Jeremy Goh

Research

I am a student of business and banking in modern Southeast Asia. My doctoral research project, 'Globalizing from the Periphery: Chinese banking transnationalism in colonial Singapore, Malaya, and China (1900-1950)', is supervised by Dr Song-Chuan Chen and Dr Charles Walton. This project takes Chinese banks headquartered in colonial Singapore and Malaya, with branches in China, as its objects of enquiry, and investigates how they contributed actively to the growing economic integration of the region. I aim to build an inclusive narrative that includes not only the elite bankers, entrepreneurs, and politicians, but also the perspectives of common people who were instrumental as customers and consumers of modern banking and finance. This narrative would illuminate the importance of colonial Southeast Asia and China in shaping economic globalization and capitalist institutions in the first half of the twentieth century.

How were these entrepreneurs connected to Britain and the world? Find out more about my project here.

Interests

  • Business and financial history
  • Chinese overseas
  • Capitalism
  • Transnationalism
  • Global history
  • Southeast Asia’s past and present

Education and Work Experience

  • October 2023–present: MPhil/PhD in History, University of Warwick, UK
  • January 2021–September 2023: Research Associate, Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • August–December 2019: Teaching Assistant, HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2018–2020: M.A. (Research) in Global and Interdisciplinary History, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2014–2018: B.A. (Highest Honours) in History and University Scholars Programme, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publications

Edited Volume

Refereed Journal Articles

In Chinese

Book Chapters

Book Review

Other Publications

Scholarships and Grants

Ongoing

  • SSRC Graduate Research Fellowship, Singapore
  • PhD Scholarship, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore
  • Chancellor’s International Scholarship, University of Warwick, UK
  • Tan Ean Khiam Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, Singapore

Past

  • 2018-2020: Research Scholarship (Graduate), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2018: Conference Travel Grant, University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 2015, 2017: President Research Scholarship, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • 2015-2018: Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Employees’ Union (SMEEU) Scholarship (Undergraduate), Singapore
  • 2014-2018: Nanyang Scholarship (Undergraduate), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Awards

  • 2023: Best Customer Service Award (Merit), Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 2022: Best Teamwork Award (Merit), Nanyang Centre for Public Administration, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • 2018: Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal
    (Awarded by Nanyang Technological University to the top graduate in each programme)
  • 2015, 2017, 2018: Dean’s List Award, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    (Awarded annually by the college to undergraduates within the top 5% of their cohort)

Conference Organization and Presentations

Supported at the Nanyang Centre for Public Administration in Singapore

Conference Papers

  • ‘Chinese Big Business in the British Straits Settlements: The Transnational Enterprises of Lim Peng Siang (1904-1941).’ PhD Student Workshop, Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, 6 July 2024.

  • 'Semi-archives and Interim Archives: Researching Chinese Business in Southeast Asia.’ History Postgraduate Conference, University of Warwick, 22 May to 24 May 2024.

  • ‘Between the yinhao and modern bank: The Kwong Yik Bank and company law reform in the Straits Settlements.’ Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, 29 June to 1 July 2023.
  • ‘Emerging business transnationalism in Singapore and China: governance, networks, and strategies.’ 10th Global Social Sciences Graduate Student Hybrid Conference, Hong Kong Baptist University, 19 May 2023.
  • ‘Culture, Nationality and Conflict: An Analysis of Tan Kah Kee & Company’s Advertisements in Pre-War Singapore.’ Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians, Sheffield Hallam University, 5 July to 6 July 2019.
  • ‘Philanthropy, Products and Patriotism: The Advertisements of Lim Peng Siang and Tan Kah Kee in Late Colonial Singapore (1920–1941).’ Hong Kong University Spring History Symposium, 2 May to 3 May 2019.
  • ‘Chinese Shipping in Pre-war Southeast Asia and China: The case of the Ho Hong Steamship Company.’ Graduate Student Conference, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, 20 October 2018.
  • ‘Modern Hokkien Banking in Prewar Singapore and Asia: The Vicissitudes of the Ho Hong Bank (1917–1932).’ Early Career Conference, University of Tokyo, 11 September 2018.
  • ‘Concordia Et Copia: An Examination of Lim Peng Siang’s Business Career and his Modernization Project in the Straits Settlements and Southern China (1872–1944).’ Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians, Open University, United Kingdom, 29 June to 30 June 2018.
  • ‘From Riches to Rags? Exploring the Lim Peng Siang Business Story 1904 – 1944.’ Annual Conference of the Association of Business Historians, University of Glasgow, 29 June to 1 July 2017.
  • ‘From Riches to Rags? Exploring the Lim Peng Siang Business Story 1904 – 1944.’ International Conference of Undergraduate Research, Nanyang Technological University, 28 September 2016.

Invited Talks and Public Engagement

  • Discussant for Book Talk: 'Banking and Politics in the Age of Democratic Revolution' by Niccolò Valmori, Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Centre, University of Warwick, 18 January 2024.
  • Guest Lecture: 'Business, Industrialization, and Modernization in Colonial Singapore and Malaya: The Case of Lim Peng Siang's Transnational Enterprises (1900-1941)', HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800, Nanyang Technological University, 15 March 2023.
  • Sharing at Arkebe Oqubay, ‘Perspectives on Research Methodology for Social Sciences and Public Policy: Complexity, Experiences, and Insights.” Seminar for Research Students, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 28 November 2022.
  • ‘Good Governance in the Post COVID-19 World – Global Health and Economic Recovery’. Resilience Governance and Soft Book Launch, International Institute of Administrative Sciences Special Panel, Lien Development Conference, 26 November 2022.
  • ‘A Brief History of Chinese Banks and the SCCCI (1903-1932).’ Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Culture & Heritage Docent Training Programme, 21 November 2021.
  • ‘Lim Peng Siang and Chinese Big Business in Singapore (1904-1941).’ Collecting & Research on the Chinese in Southeast Asia, National University of Singapore, 25 October 2021.
  • Guest Lecture: 'Between traditional and modern: Business, Race, and Class in colonial Singaporee and Malaya', HH1003 Asia Pacific in Global History: From 1800, Nanyang Technological University, 13 September 2021.
  • Panelist, ‘Post-Graduation: What Comes Next?’ Nanyang Technological University Research Society, 22 January 2020.

Service

  • October 2020–present: Member, Research Committee, Singapore Federation of Chinese Clan Associations
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Peer Reviewer, Business History
  • 2017: Student Ambassador, History Programme, Nanyang Technological University
  • 2016–2017: Vice President, History Society, Nanyang Technological University

 

Jeremy Goh (吴杰明)

Jeremy.Goh.1@warwick.ac.uk

ORCID / Google Scholar

https://doi.org/10.46996/pgs.v5e1Link opens in a new window

Photo taken at the conference with Ms. Josephine Teo (Minister for Communications and Information, Singapore), book editors, and contributors,
25 August 2023 (Source)

The Ho Hong industrial conglomerate in colonial Singapore and Southeast Asia, International Trade Developer, 1919

Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, awarded by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, in 2018