Jason LimDr Jason Lim

BA (Hons) (Murdoch), MIM (Archives and Records) (Monash), PhD (UWA)

Location: 19.2025
Phone: +61 2 4221 3506

Jason Lim was a civil servant in Singapore before joining academia. He worked as an Assistant Archivist in the National Archives of Singapore for two years after he graduated with Honours from Murdoch University. From 1998 to 2008, he worked as a researcher and interviewer for the Oral History Centre. He taught Southeast Asian history at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore in 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore, where he worked on modern Chinese and overseas Chinese history. He also co-ordinated a module for the Singapore Studies programme. He joined the University of Wollongong as a Lecturer in Asian History in the School of History & Politics in September 2010. He is currently also the China Book Review Editor of the Asian Studies Review, the journal of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA).

Awards & Fellowships

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, History Department, National University of Singapore
  • Visiting Fellowship Programme, Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
  • Research Grant to Assist Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies, Centre for Chinese Studies, National Central Library, Taiwan
  • International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Australia

Areas of expertise

  • Chinese political and economic history (including business history);
  • History of Taiwan;
  • History of the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia; and
  • History of colonial and post-colonial Malaysia and Singapore.

Potential topics for HDR & Honours supervision

  • History and politics of East and Southeast Asia (especially China, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore); and
  • History of the overseas Chinese

Selected Publications


Lim, Jason. Linking an Asian Transregional Commerce in Tea: Overseas Chinese Merchants in the Fujian-Singapore Trade, 1920-1960. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 2010.

Book chapters

  • Lim, Jason. ‘Observations of the Political and Economic Situation in China by the British Mercantile Community during the Civil War, 1945-1949’, in Anne-Marie Brady and Doug Brown (eds), Foreigners in Late Republican China, forthcoming.
  • Lim, Jason. ‘Digging up the Past in Singapore, Mainland China and Taiwan: Research into the Overseas Chinese Merchants in the China-Singapore Trade’, in Loh Kah Seng and Liew Kai Khiun (eds), The Makers and Keepers of Singapore History, (Singapore: Ethos Books & Singapore Heritage Society, 2010), pp. 182-192.
  • Lim, Jason. ‘Perceptions of China for the Overseas Chinese Tea Traders in Colonial Singapore, 1928-1958’, in Ho Khai Leong (ed), Connecting and Distancing: Southeast Asia and China, (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2009), pp. 100-114.
  • Lim, Jason. ‘The Overseas Chinese Tea Merchants in Singapore, 1920-1960: Issues and Responses’, in Leo Suryadinata and Lee Guan Kin (eds), Chinese Migration in Comparative Perspectives: Adaptation and Development, (Singapore: Chinese Heritage Centre & Centre for Chinese Language and Culture, 2009), pp. 119-134.
  • Lim, Jason. ‘The Business of Empire: The Fujian Tea Industry and Trade Through the Eyes of Jardine, Matheson & Co, 1928-1939’, in Peter Limb (ed), Orb and Sceptre: Studies on British Imperialism and its Legacies, in Honour of Norman Etherington, (Clayton, Vic: Monash University ePress, 2008), pp. 9.1 to 9.14.

Journal articles

  • Lim, Jason. ‘The Promotion of Fujian Tea as a Chinese National Product in Singapore, 1932-1940’, Journal of the South Seas Society, Vol. 62, October 2008, pp. 127-145.
  • Lim, Jason. ‘The Education Concerns and Political Outlook of Lim Keng Lian (1893-1968)’, Journal of Chinese Overseas, Vol. 3, No. 2, November 2007, pp. 194-219.
  • Lim, Jason. ‘The Trishaw Industry as a “Bang”-Based Trade’, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, Vol. 69, Part 2, December 1996, pp. 39-59.

Organisational Affiliations

  • Member of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Member of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
  • Member of the Chinese Studies Association of Australia
  • Member of the Association for Asian Studies
  • Member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies
  • Life Member of the Singapore Society for Asian Studies
  • Life Member of the South Seas Society (Singapore)
Last reviewed: 6 March, 2019