Overseas Chinese studies within a South African context. This includes the social history of the Chinese from their earliest arrival within the colonial Dutch period, the free immigrants of the mid nineteenth century, the indentured labourers who were employed on the Witwatersrand mines as well as the Chinese in twentieth century South Africa. The latter focuses on those arriving from the last Chinese Empire, the People’s Republic of China as well as Taiwan. Heritage and Cultural research is concerned with cross-border tourism and its viability within southern Africa as well as film tourism as a new and emerging genre in southern Africa.
'The construction of "Otherness": A history of Chinese migrants in South Africa' in S. Cornelissen and Y. Mine (eds), Afro-Asian encounters: Migration and agency in a globalizing world, London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming 2017).
'Rising Chinas and the history of the South African Chinese' in B.P. Wong and C.B. Tan (eds) China Rise: Impacts on the Chinese overseas and their residing countries, Routledge Press, 2016.
'Warring societies? Towards a Community of Historians HASA and SAHS (1956 - 2014)', Historia, 59, 2, (2014).
'Paper Trail: Chasing the Chinese in the Cape, (1904-1933)', Kronos, 40, (2014).
'"Strange Bedfellows": Gandhi and Chinese passive resistance 1906-11', Journal of Natal and Zulu History, 2013.
'The Chinese in South Africa: Five Centuries, Five Trajectories', in C.B Tan (ed.) The Chinese in Diaspora, Routledge, 2012.