The proposed project attempts to examine the engaged religions among an ethnic minority in a modern Southeast Asian society. More specifically, the project focuses on the engaged religions among the ethnic Chinese in Malacca, Malaysia. The goal of the project is bi-fold: to analyze the role of religions in the public life of a minority group, employing the theories of engaged religion； and to examine the theories of engaged religion in a multicultural society. To achieve this goal, the project will examine the socially engaged actions of a set of religious groups and institutions from Buddhism, popular religion, and Christianity in multicultural Malaysia, and ask whether and how religious tradition, ethnic identity and boundaries, and modernization may shape the two different types of engaged religion. The project’s significance lies in its potential contribution to the theories of social capital, NGOs, and the Chinese diaspora. The project will employ multiple methods including participant-observation, individual interviews, and literature research. The fieldwork will be conducted in Malacca, Malaysia. Malaysia (population 27.17 million in 2007) is a polyethnic society consisting of the Chinese, indigenous, and Indian minorities, as well as the Malay majority. Malacca is a particularly fruitful place to examine the three research questions because of a long and rich history of engaged religion, and that religious revitalization occurred vis-a-vis modernization and globalization. Parallel to the multiculturalism in the wake of NEP, Malacca also witnessed a change in the scope and salience of engaged religions: old and established engaged religions such as popular temples and Christian churches began to embrace global and cosmopolitan approaches； and new transnational Buddhist philanthropic organizations emerged in the local religious landscape. Such changes parallel the modernization of religion in Malaysia as well as within the Chinese diaspora. Yet, at the same time, the changes beg new interpretation of the linkage between engaged religions and multiculturalism in both local and global contexts.