Senior Researcher
Modern Asian history, Japan, Indonesia, Overseas Chinese networks
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Peter Post (1953) studied Cultural Anthropology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and in 1991 received his Ph.D. with a dissertation on Japanese business in the Netherlands Indies, 1868-1942. From 1992 until 1997 he was a research fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences at the same university. Late 1998 Post joined NIOD.

He (co)organized numerous workshops and conferences abroad and in the Netherlands and held visiting fellowships at institutes in Japan, Singapore and Indonesia, among which was a nine-months appointment as a visiting scholar at the Asia-Pacific Research Institute of Waseda University, Tokyo (2007-2008). He co-initiated several large research and documentation programs in the Netherlands, such as the Foundation for the Oral History of Indonesia (KITLV), the Brokers of Capital and Knowledge project of the University of Amsterdam/ Vrije University Amsterdam, and the NIOD programs The Historical Research Program Japan and the Netherlands and Indonesia across Orders.

His main research is on the changing dynamics of the regional Asian economy during the 1860s-1960s and focuses in particular on the workings of Overseas Chinese trade and family networks in the confrontation between the Japanese and European empires in the Asiatic region. For his research into Overseas Chinese family networks he is gratefully using private family photo albums and home-movie materials of Peranakan Chinese families.

Several of his articles have been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Indonesian.

Some publications: Chinese Indonesians and Regime Change (Brill, 2011, co-editor), the awarded The Encyclopedia of Indonesia in the Pacific War (Brill, 2010, general editor), and recently The Kwee Family of Ciledug (LM Publishers, 2018).

Post is currently working on a monograph about the powerful Oei Tiong Ham Concern from Semarang, the largest Overseas Chinese business conglomerate in colonial Asia.