Professor Wang Gungwu, Director of East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore, is a well-known historian and author of many works on China and Chinese overseas. He was born in 1930 in Surabaya, and grew up in Ipoh, Malaya. He received his B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees from the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and his Ph.D. at the University of London (1957). He taught in Malaya and Canberra, Australia and spent 10 years in Hong Kong as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong.