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Kiprah Para Mahabiksu: Agama Buddha dan Modernitas di Asia Tenggara Maritim. Jakarta: Penerbit Karaniya, 2022. 


Monks in Motion: Buddhism and Modernity Across the South China Sea. New York: Oxford University Press, 2020. 

Edited Volumes and Special Issues

Religion 13

Beyond the Mainland: Buddhist Communities in Maritime Southeast Asia.” Special Issue of Religions 13 (2022).

Living With Myths in Singapore

Living with Myths in Singapore. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017. (Co-editor)


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Lisan fayuan: 20 shijichu zhi 1949 nian de kua nanhai fojiao lianxi 離散法緣:20世紀初至1949年的跨南海佛教聯繫.” Haiwai huaren yanjiu 海外華人研究 6 (2022): 24–37.

CAS 2022

The Making of a Local Deity: The Patriarch of Sanping’s Cult in Post-Mao China, 1979–2015.” Critical Asian Studies 54, no. 1 (2022): 86–104.


The Road Less Travelled: From Landways to Seaways in the Study of Theravāda Buddhism.” Journal of Global Buddhism 22, no. 1 (2021): 211–218. (Symposium on “New Roads in Theravada Studies”)


Singing to Buddha: The Case of a Buddhist Rock Band in Contemporary Indonesia.” Archipel 100 (2020): 175–197.  

Contemporary Buddhism

Diaspora’s Dharma: Buddhist Connections across the South China Sea, 1900–1949.” Contemporary Buddhism 21, nos. 1-2 (2020): 33–50.


Renjian fojiao zai Xinjiapo de yanjin 人間佛教在新加坡的演進.” Renjiao fojiao xuebao yiwen 人間佛教學報藝文. 29 (September 2020): 62–77.  

History of Religions

Neither Mahāyāna Nor Theravāda: Ashin Jinarakkhita and the Indonesian Buddhayāna Movement.” History of Religions 58, no. 1 (August 2018): 24–63.

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Who is Tua Pek Kong? The Cult of Grand Uncle in Malaysia and Singapore.” Archiv Orientální 85, no. 3 (December 2017): 439–460.

Asian Ethnology

Toward a Modern Buddhist Hagiography: Telling the Life of Hsing Yun in Popular Media.” Asian Ethnology 74, no. 1 (2015): 141–165.

Journal of Chinese Religions

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, no. 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) No. 4 (2013): 78–85. 

Managing The Tortoise Island: Tua Pek Kong Temple, Pilgrimage, and Social Change in Pulau Kusu, 1965–2007.” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 11, no. 2 (December 2009): 72–95.

Buddhism in Singapore: A State of the Field Review.” Asian Culture 33 (June 2009): 81–93.

Teaching Dharma, Grooming Sangha: The Buddhist College of Singapore.” SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 24, no. 1 (April 2009): 122–138.

Buddhism in Singapore-China Relations: Venerable Hong Choon and his Visits, 1982–1990.” The China Quarterly 196 (December 2008): 864–883.

Book Chapters


Cyber Dharma: Celebrating E-Vesak in Singapore.” In CoronAsur: Asian Religions in the Covidian Age, edited by Emily Zoe Hertzman, Natalie Lang, Erica M. Larson, and Carola E. Lorea, 106–109. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2023.


Shicheng fayin: Qiantan Xinjiapo hanchuan fojiao 獅城法音—淺談新加坡漢傳佛教.” In Xinjiapo huazu zhi duoyuanxing guoji huiyi lunwenji 新加坡華族之多元性國際會議論文集 (Diversity and Singapore Ethnic Chinese Communities International Conference), edited by Koh Khee Heong, Ong Chang Woei, Phua Chiew Pheng, Chong Ja Ian, and Yang Yan, 37–47. Singapore: City Book Room, 2020.


Guangze Zunwang xinyang yu Fengshan si wangluo (1836-1942) 廣澤尊王信仰與鳳山寺網絡 (1836–1942).” In Fengshan si: Zouxiang wenhua yichan licheng 鳳山寺:走向文化遺產歷程, edited by Kua Bak Lim 柯木林, 39–55. Beijing: Gugong chubanshe, 2019.

Living With Myths in Singapore

Toward a History of Engaged Buddhism in Singapore.” In Living with Myths in Singapore, edited by Loh Kah Seng, Thum Ping Tjin, and Jack Meng-Tat Chia, 229–238. Singapore: Ethos Books, 2017.


Prolific Writer, Cool Blogger: Shravasti Dhammika.” In Figures of Buddhist Modernity in Asia, edited by Jeffrey Samuels, Justin Thomas McDaniel, and Mark Michael Rowe, 176–178. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2016.


Defending the Dharma: Buddhist Activism in a Global City-State.” In Singapore: Negotiating State and Society, 1965–2015, edited by Jason Lim and Terence Lee, 143–158. New York: Routledge, 2016.


“Shi Hongchuan 釋宏船.” In Malaixiya huaren renwu zhi 馬來西亞華人人物誌 (Malaysian Chinese Historical Personalities), edited by Ho Khai Leong 何启良, 422–425. Selangor D.E., Malaysia: UTAR Institute of Chinese Studies, 2014.

An Insider’s Research into Buddhist History.” In The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History, edited by Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khiun, 103–111. Singapore: Ethos Books and Singapore Heritage Society, 2010.

Short Articles and Commentary


Sisters in Dharma.” Aeon, September 15, 2022.

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Buddhist Diplomacy: Potential for Regional Cohesion.” RSIS Commentary, May 10, 2022.

Religion 13

Beyond the Mainland: An Introduction.” Religions 13, no. 4 (2022).


Xianshang fayin: Xinjiapo fojiao tu wangshang qing weisai 線上法音: 新加坡佛教徒網上慶衛塞.” Yuanhai 願海 (The Vows) 130 (2020): 23–27.

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Overseas Travels, Transnational Circulations, and Ritual Cultures in Buddhist Asia.” Journal of Asian Studies 79, no. 2 (May 2020): 546–551. 


Xinjiapo rushi fojiao huidong zhong de dute xianxiang 新加坡入世佛教活動中的獨特現象.” Yuanhai 願海 (The Vows) 127/128 (2020): 80–87.

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Museum and Hagiography: The Ashin Jinarakkhita Memorial Hall in Jakarta.” Material Religion 13, no. 2 (2017): 272–274.  

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Teaching Buddhism in the West: One Nun’s Story.” Buddhistdoor Global, August 11, 2017. 

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The Bodhi Group: Singing in Praise of the Buddha.” Buddhistdoor Global, March 10, 2017. (Co-authored with Ming-yen Lee)


The Curious Case of Buddhist Activism in Singapore.”  Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 19 (March 2016). 


Paradigm Shifts in Buddhist Scholarship.” Cornell Southeast Asia Program Bulletin (Fall 2014): 25–26. (with Courtney Work)

Rebranding the Buddhist Faith: Reformist Buddhism and Piety in Contemporary Singapore.” Explorations: A Graduate Student Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 8 (Spring 2008): 1–9. (with Robin Chee)


Ah Ma and her Beliefs: The Migrant Experience and Religious Practices of a Chinese Immigrant Woman in Twentieth Century Singapore.” Marburg Journal of Religion 12, no. 1 (May 2007).

Nanyang Buddhist

Sound of the Tide across the Sea: Taixu’s Mission to Singapore.” Nanyang Buddhist 448 (September 2006): 34–37.

Book Reviews

Review of The Huayan University Network: The Teaching and Practice of Avataṃsaka Buddhism in Twentieth-Century China, by Erik J. Hammerstrom. H-Buddhism (June 2021).

Review of Minority Stages: Sino-Indonesian Performance and Public Display, by Josh Stenberg. Archipel 100 (2020): 243–246.

Review of The Dimensions that Establish and Sustain Religious Identity: A Study of Chinese Singaporeans Who are Buddhists or Taoists, by Daniel H. Y. Low. Journal of Chinese Religions 47, no. 1 (May 2019): 104–106. 

Review of Nanyang huazong: Malaixiya pili yibao yandong miaoyu shilu yu chuanshuo 南洋華蹤: 馬來西亞霹靂怡保岩洞廟宇史錄與傳說 (Trails of the Nanyang Chinese: History and Legends of the Cave Temples in Ipoh of Malaysia), edited by Tan Ai Boay 陳愛梅 and Toh Teong Chuan 杜忠全. SOJOURN: Journal of Social Issues in Southeast Asia 32, no. 2 (July 2018): 420–423.

Review of Chinese Buddhism in Catholic Philippines, by Ari C. Dy. Social Sciences and Missions 29 (2016) 396–398.

Review of Yange yu moshi: Xinjiapo daojiao he fojiao chuanbo yanjiu 沿革與模式:新加坡道教和佛教傳播研究 (Evolution and Model: The Propagation of Taoism and Buddhism in Singapore), by Xu Yuantai 許源泰. Journal of Chinese Overseas 11, no. 2 (2015): 224–227. 

Review of “Kuayue Zhong, Xin de fojiao dashi: Zhuandao fashi yanjiu 跨越中、新的佛教大師:轉道法師研究 (A Master across China and Singapore: Research on Venerable Zhuandao),” by Zhang Wenxue 張文學. Dissertation Reviews (November 14, 2013).

Review of Enlightenment in Dispute: The Reinvention of Chan Buddhism in Seventeenth-Century China, by Jiang Wu. Journal of Buddhist Ethics 18 (2011): 189–193.

Review of How Zen Became Zen: The Dispute Over Enlightenment and the Formation of Chan Buddhism in Song-Dynasty China, by Morten Schlütter. Journal of Buddhist Ethics 17 (2010): 56–59.

Review of Zhongguo Fojiao shilun 中國佛教史論, by Wang Rongguo 王榮國. Journal of Chinese Religions 37 (2009): 155.

Review of Fathering Your Father: The Zen of Fabrication in Tang Buddhism, by Alan Cole. Buddhist Studies Review 26, no. 2 (2009): 249–251.

Other Publications

A Review of the Centre for Malaysian Chinese Studies Library (馬來西亞華社研究中心), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Berita (Autumn 2015): 21–22.

Where Are My Country(wo)men? The Lack of Singaporean Academics in Singapore’s Universities.” Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia 15 (March 2014). (with Carissa Kang)