Public talk 9, 27 June 2024

From Overseas Chinese to Malaysian Chinese: The Curatorial Concept & A Brief History of the Malaysian Chinese Museum


Date: Thursday 27 June 2024

Time: 12:00 pm to 13:30 pm (BST)

Venue: Online via Zoom

The event is free to attend and open to all. Please registevia via Ticket Tailor here

The talk will be given in Mandarin Chinese. Simultaneous translation into English is provided.

Chair: Huimei Zhang, Assistant Director, Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological University


Chair: Huimei Zhang, Assistant Director, Chinese Heritage Centre, Nanyang Technological    University

Speaker: Lim Kah Koe, chief curator of the Malaysian Chinese Museum.


The Chinese diaspora in Malaysia has a long and rich history, with immigrants from different periods and backgrounds contributing to the diverse and complex Chinese society. As Malaysia’s first museum to comprehensively showcase the history and development of the Chinese diaspora, the Malaysian Chinese Museum extensively documents the history of immigrant pioneers and the contributions of the Chinese diaspora to the nation’s development. This talk will focus on the permanent exhibition content of the Museum, sharing its curatorial approach and the history of the birth of a privately-owned museum.

The event is jointly hosted by HOMELandS (Hub On Migration, Exile, Languages and Spaces) at the University of Westminster and the Chinese Heritage Centre of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. It is organised as part of the ‘Global Diasporic Chinese Museums Network Initiative’ project funded by AHRC.

About the speaker:

LIM KAH HOE graduated from Peking University with a major in archaeology. After returning to Malaysia, he participated in the establishment of the Malaysian Chinese Museum and has been serving there ever since. Additionally, he is dedicated to promoting archaeology, museum studies, and cultural heritage conservation through articles, online videos, and online courses.