Dr. Peter CHANG Thiam Chai

Dr. Peter CHANG Thiam Chai

Senior Lecturer
Institute of China Studies, University of Malaya

UM Faculty

Academic Qualification

Ph.D. Harvard University

Area of Expertise

Comparative Philosophy (Confucianism, Christianity)
Political Theory and Political Philosophy (Chinese Diaspora, China Soft Power)
Comparative Religion (Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, Christianity, Islam)
Social Sciences (Modern China, Confucianism, Chinese Religion)

Selected Publications

  1. Peter T. C. Chang, 2016, Chinese Religiosity in a Post-Marxist China and a Postmodern World, Georgetown University Press (manuscript under review)
  2. Peter T. C. Chang. 2014 Bishop Joseph Butler and Wang Yang-ming: A Comparative Study of their Moral Vision and View of Conscience. Bern, Switzerland, Peter Lang AG, International Academic Publishers.
Chapter in Book

Peter T. C. Chang. 1999. “Tracking the Spirit of the Vietnam War Memorial” in Inn Sook Lee and Timothy D Son, editors, Asian Americans and Christian Ministry, Voice Publishing House, Seoul Korea

  1. “Confucian’s Vision of Harmonious, Benevolent Governance and Modern China’s Soft Power”, Journal of Contemporary China, (under submission, Aug 2016) (ISI-Indexed)
  2. International Journal of China Studies, December 2016 (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  3. “The CCP’s Pragmatic Retrieval of Traditional Chinese Sacred Ethos: A Critical Assessment”, International Journal of China Studies (Dec 2016) (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  4. Euthanasia and China: The Traditional Chinese Moral Perspective and Its Social-Justice Implications, Asian Bioethics Review (March, 2015). (SCOPUS-Indexed)
  5. “Confucian Pluralism and China’s Dream of a Harmonious World”, China Information, (November, 2014) (ISI-Indexed)
  6. Singapore s Cultural Experimentation: Gay Rights, Stem Cells, Casinos, and the Evangelical Response, Religion, State and Society (May, 2012). (ISI-Indexed)
Mass Media
  1. Peter T C Chang, Civilizational faultline could unravel grand vision. New Straits Times, 31 Jan 2017
  2. BBC World Service, Talking Business, Panelist, program first aired on 28 Feb 2017
  3. Peter T C Chang, Fissures beneath one belt initiative, The Sun Daily, 26 Jan 2017
  4. Peter T C Chang, The civilizational fissures beneath China’s OBOR, The Malay Mail, 25 Jan 2017
  5. Peter T C Chang, On the Belt and Road, the Chinese civilization is on the march, in South China Morning Post, 7 Feb, 2017

Projects and Grants

  1. The Transfiguration of Chinese Christianity: Impact On China and The World, Principal Investigator(Pi), 2017-2019, Chiang Ching Kuo Foundation, National
  2. One Belt One Broad: Analyzing China’s Expanding Web of Cultural Power, Principal Investigator(Pi), 2016-2018, Geran Penyelidikan Universiti Malaya (Umrg), National


Member, Association for Asian Studies (USA) (2016)
Member, European Association of Chinese Studies (2016)
Member, Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy (2016)
Member, International Confucian Association (2016)
Member, Society of Christian Ethics (2016)
Member, America Academy of Religion (2006)

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