This module critically examines patterns and characteristics of socio-cultural interactions between China and Southeast Asia, focusing on the post-1945 era. It aims at providing students with critical capacities to analyse the changing configurations of contemporary Asia and their historical precedents. Topics include cultural exchanges; Chinese new immigrants; transnational networks; the infusions of ideas about modernity and political transformation; literary influence of China and construction of new cultural/political identities; and the role of ethnic Chinese in Sino-S.E. Asian diplomatic and economic relations. Target students are those interested in modern Asia and ethnic Chinese in the region.