Edited Volume

Living With Myths in Singapore

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

Journal Articles


Neither Mahāyāna Nor Theravāda: Ashin Jinarakkhita and the Indonesian Buddhayāna Movement.” History of Religions 58, 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, 3 (December 2017): 439-460.


Toward a Modern Buddhist Hagiography: Telling the Life of Hsing Yun in Popular Media.” Asian Ethnology 74, 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, 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, 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, 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


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. 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.

Shorter Articles

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Museum and Hagiography: The Ashin Jinarakkhita Memorial Hall in Jakarta.” Material Religion 13, 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)



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.


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


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)

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, 1 (May 2007).

Nanyang Buddhist

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


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, 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, 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, 2 (2015): 224-227. 

Review of Squatters into Citizens: The 1961 Bukit Ho Swee Fire and the Making of Modern Singapore, by Loh Kah SengTRaNS: Trans-Regional and -National Studies of Southeast Asia 3, 2 (July 2015): 326-328.

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, 2 (2009): 249-251.