Jean Berlie

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Jean Berlie
Jean Berlie photo 2.jpg
Jean Berlie, January 2010
Born 1936
Misahohé, Palimé, Togo
Nationality French
Other names 韓林
Johan Berlie
Jean A. Berlie
Education PhD in anthropology
PhD in anthropology
Lieutenant au long cours
Civil Aviation pilot degrees
Alma mater EHESS
Nice University
Paris University
Ecole d'Hydrographie
Known for Scholar in anthropology
Awards Légion d'honneur

Jean Berlie (also named Jean A. Berlie, Johan Berlie, Komlan in African Ewe, or 韓林, Hanlin in Chinese) is a French socio-anthropologist specialising in Asia and China.


Berlie was born in Misahohé, near Palimé, Togo in 1936, from a family of French colonial administrators.

He was in the French merchant navy until 1960 when he joined the French Navy as a Fusilier Marin, where he later became a Naval Aviation pilot, then Capitaine de Corvette. In 1969 he became an airline pilot, working with Dassault, Balair, Air Inter, and Air France.

He has visited more than 100 countries in Asia, Pacific, Africa, Europe, Americas, India, and most provinces of China, both in his earlier careers, and for his anthropologist studies. He speaks more than 15 languages.

Berlie has been awarded with the French Légion d'honneur.

Academic career[edit]

During his pilot career, Berlie studied anthropology under the supervision of Lucien Bernot and Georges Condominas, famous French anthropologists. He was also a visiting scholar at Oxford University in 1996.

Berlie was awarded with a PhD in anthropology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris University (France) in 1985, and with a PhD in anthropology at Nice University (France) in 1997.

Scholarly societies[edit]


Lingnan University[edit]

Teaching South-East Asian political science in 1992 at the Lingnan University, Hong Kong (China).

Cultural Institute of Macau[edit]

Scholarship at the Cultural Institute of Macau,[2] from 1995 to 2000 in Macau (China). A study of the Chinese of Macau and the Macanese. In July 2009 a conference was presented on this subject at the Albergue Foundation, Casa de Misericordia, in Macau.[3]

International Institute for Asian Studies[edit]

Scholarship at the Leiden University "International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS)" of Leiden (the Netherlands) in 2006. A public lecture was presented in Leiden on the Rohingya of Arakan.[4]

Jinan University[edit]

Visiting professor at the Institute of South-East Asian Studies of Jinan University from 2009 to 2010 in Guangdong (China). Teaching political science, economics, and society.

Macao Foundation[edit]

Scholarship at the Macao Foundation[5] from 2010 to 2011 in Macau (China). A study of the Chinese of Macau. Identity, case studies, life stories, and prospects.


Berlie has been mentioned as a reference in numerous books and publications specialized in anthropology. He is the author of hundred of articles and reviews, has held numerous conferences, and written many books under the names Jean Berlie, Jean A. Berlie, Johan Berlie, Hanlin, or 韓林.

His books are:

  • East Timor, politics and elections (in Chinese)/ 东帝汶政治与选举 (2001–2006): 国家建设及前景展望, published in 2007.[8]
  • East Timor: a bibliography, a bibliographic reference on a newest independent country, launched by PM Xanana Gusmão, published in 2001.[10]
  • Macau's overview at the turn of the century, published in 2000.[11]
  • Macao 2000, an overview of Macau edited by Jean A. Berlie before the handover to China, published in December 1999.[12]
  • Neua (Na) in Yunnan (PRC) and the LPDR: a minority and a "non-minority" in the Chinese and Lao political systems, published in 1993.[15]
  • The Tai of China: Zhongguo de Dai zu (in French)/ Les Tai de Chine: Zhongguo de Dai zu, published in 1991.[16]
  • A Malay village of Kedah: rice growing, kinship, beliefs (in French)/ Un Village malais du Kedah: riziculture, parenté, croyances, published in 1984.[17]
  • Tepi Laut: a Malay village on the coast (in French)/ Tepi Laut: un village malais au bord de la mer, published in 1983.[18]


  1. ^ Dr Jean Berlie, Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre of Asian Studies (CAS)
  2. ^ Cultural Institute of Macau, official website
  3. ^ Conference at the Albergue Foundation, "The Chinese of Macau and the Macanese, Jean A. Berlie, August 2009"
  4. ^ Public lecture, "IIAS Public lecture, by Dr J. A. Berlie, Leiden University, 18 January 2006"
  5. ^ Macao Foundation, official website
  6. ^ The Chinese of Macao a decade after the handover, Jean A. Berlie, 248 pages, Proverse Hong Kong editor, Hong Kong, China 2012
  7. ^ Burmanization of Myanmar's Muslims, Jean A. Berlie, 156 pages, White Lotus Press editor, Bangkok, Thailand 2008
  8. ^ East Timor, politics and elections, Jean A. Berlie, 95 pages, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies of Jinan University editor, Jinan, China 2007
  9. ^ Islam in China : Hui and Uyghurs : between modernization and Sinicization, Jean A. Berlie, 167 pages, White Lotus Press editor, Bangkok, Thailand 2004
  10. ^ East Timor, a bibliography, Jean A. Berlie, 225 pages, Indes Savantes editor, Paris, France 2001
  11. ^ Macau's overview at the turn of the century, deadlink: Jean A. Berlie, 44 pages, St. John's University Institute of Asian Studies editor, New York, USA 2000
  12. ^ Macao 2000, Jean A. Berlie, 238 pages, Oxford University Press editor, Oxford, United Kingdom 1999
  13. ^ Sinisation: à la limite de trois provinces de Chine, une minorité de plus en plus chinoise : les locuteurs kam, officiellement appelés Dong, Jean Berlie, 359 pages, Guy Trédaniel editor, Paris, France 1998
  14. ^ Sinisation d'une minorité de Chine, les Kam (Dong), Jean Berlie, 95 pages, s.n. editor, 1994
  15. ^ Neua (Na) in Yunnan (PRC) and the LPDR: a minority and a "non-minority" in the Chinese and Lao political systems, Jean A. Berlie, 15 pages, School of Oriental and African Studies editor, University of London, London, United Kingdom 1993
  16. ^ Les Tai de Chine, Jean Berlie, 132 pages, Cercle de culture et de recherches Laotiennes editor, Paris, France 1991
  17. ^ Un Village malais du Kedah: riziculture, parenté, croyances (in French), Jean A. Berlie, EHESS Editor, Paris, France 1984
  18. ^ Tepi Laut: un village malais au bord de la mer, Jean Berlie, 118 pages, Éditions de la Maisnie editor, Paris, France 1983
  19. ^ The Rajbanshis: preliminary enquiry towards a study of a complex ethnic group of South-East Nepal and Bengal, Johan Berlie, 233 pages, Regmi Research Institute editor, Kathmandu, Nepal 1982