China and Southeast Asia's Ethnic Chinese: State and Diaspora in Contemporary Asia

China and Southeast Asia's Ethnic Chinese: State and Diaspora in Contemporary Asia

by Paul J. Bolt
     
 

Bolt uses the relationship between China and Southeast Asia's ethnic Chinese as a case study, and he focuses on the potential role of a diaspora in the economic and political development of its homeland as well as the role of the state in dealing with transnational economic actors.

He examines China's post-1978 policy of attracting ethnic Chinese investment in

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Bolt uses the relationship between China and Southeast Asia's ethnic Chinese as a case study, and he focuses on the potential role of a diaspora in the economic and political development of its homeland as well as the role of the state in dealing with transnational economic actors.

He examines China's post-1978 policy of attracting ethnic Chinese investment in light of historical relations between China and its diaspora community, demonstrating that China has, through various measures, consistently aimed at tapping the resources of Asia's ethnic Chinese. He then analyzes the contributions that ethnic Chinese have made to China's development, showing that such contributions have been tremendously important both in terms of the accumulation of capital and the transfer of business skills. Bolt probes how ethnic Chinese intervention in China's economy has affected the politics of the Chinese state. He concludes by looking at the international implications of Chinese development being spurred largely by a Chinese diaspora community, and he demonstrates how China's efforts to attract ethnic Chinese investments have complicated China's relations with Southeast Asia and led to discussions of a Greater China. An important analysis for scholars, researchers, and policy makers involved with contemporary Southeast Asian and Chinese political, military, and economic issues.

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During the 1990s, the Western press began paying attention to the investments of "overseas Chinese" in explaining the dynamic economic growth of China and Asia. Bolt (political science, US Air Force Academy) focuses on their participation as a noteworthy feature of Chinese economic reform, one that has implications for other developing nations. His study is a corrective to Western scholars who have tended to neglect this role of ethnic Chinese, and to popular accounts that have failed to distinguish among the identities of ethnic Chinese living outside mainland China. Three legs of the diaspora relationship are identified: the "global tribe" connecting China and Asia's ethnic Chinese, the state of China, and state-diaspora relations. Includes a line map of The People's Republic of China. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275966478
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/30/2000
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1590L (what's this?)

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PAUL J. BOLT is Associate Professor of Political Science at the United States Air Force Academy. He has published extensively on Chinese diaspora and economic issues in journals, such as Diaspora and Asian Affairs.

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