Linking an Asian Transregional Commerce in Tea: Overseas Chinese Merchants in the Fujian-Singapore Trade, 1920-1960

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Current historical work on the international tea trade has focused on the Sino-British trade and the impact of capitalism and modern technology on tea production in India and Ceylon. These studies have overlooked the changes that were afoot in the Fujian tea industry and the problems with conducting the trade with the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Using the Fujian-Singapore trade as an illustration and drawing on Chinese-language archival materials, this book looks at the state of tea production in Fujian, ...

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Overview

Current historical work on the international tea trade has focused on the Sino-British trade and the impact of capitalism and modern technology on tea production in India and Ceylon. These studies have overlooked the changes that were afoot in the Fujian tea industry and the problems with conducting the trade with the overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Using the Fujian-Singapore trade as an illustration and drawing on Chinese-language archival materials, this book looks at the state of tea production in Fujian, the overseas Chinese tea merchants and the fluctuations of the trade during the period of political instability in China, the Sino-Japanese War, decolonisation in Singapore, the period of collectivisation in China and the Cold War.

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"...the book is an important contribution and should be welcome to specialists in several areas of studies, especially to China and Southeast Asia business, and in Cold War studies."
Wu Xiao An, Peking University, Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society (2011)

"[...]this book helps us understand more about migration and identity, war and trade, the overseas Chinese, and intra-Asian trade."
Man-houng Lin, Institute of Modern History, Academic Sinica, Southeast Asian Studies Vol. 1 No. 3 (2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004182431
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/12/2010
  • Series: Chinese Overseas Series , #2
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason Lim, PhD (2007) in History and Asian Studies, University of Western Australia, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. His research interest includes the historical interactions between China and Southeast Asia.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Currency, Weight, and Area

Note on Orthography

Maps

Introduction 1

The Chinese Tea Trade 2

Studies on the Chinese Tea Trade---The Missing Link 4

Approaches to the Study of the Chinese Merchants 9

Formulating an Approach and Sources Used 17

Outline of the Book 20

Chapter 1 Anxi, Xiamen, and the Fujian-Singapore Tea Trade 23

The áBang' Structure of Singapore Chinese Society 23

Migration of Anxi People to Singapore 26

Anxi Migrants and China 29

The Importance of the áQiaoxiao' Trade 30

Xiamen in the áQiaoxiao' Trade, 1920-1949 33

Importance of Anxi and Xiamen 36

Chapter 2 Fujian Tea Production, 1920-1960 39

Introduction 39

State of the Industry, 1920-1937 39

Production of áTieguanyin' 41

Attempts at Modernisation 43

Political Instability and War 47

Post-War Rehabilitation Plans, 1945-1949 50

Tea Production Reforms, 1949-1952 53

Fujian Tea Production and Central Planning 57

Relevance of Fujian Tea Production to the Overseas Chinese Merchants 70

Chapter 3 The Anxi Tea Merchants in Singapore 73

Early Tea Merchants in Singapore 73

Arrival of Anxi Tea Merchants in Singapore 76

Prominent Merchants in Singapore 82

Lim Keng Lian---Tea Merchant Extraordinaire 84

Working Life 88

Style of Business and Trademarks 91

The Need for an Association 94

Membership and Leadership 96

Settling Disputes between Members 100

Community Links through the Singapore Ann Kway Association 101

Plans for New Premises 103

The Life of a Tea Merchant 105

Chapter 4 From National Product to Controlled Export, 1932-1947 113

Overseas Chinese Nationalism in Singapore 113

Overseas Chinese Concerns about the Fujian-Singapore Trade 114

Promotion of Fujian Tea 116

Need for Exports Control 124

Implementation of Tea Exports Control 126

Impact of Export Controls for the Chinese Merchants in Singapore 134

Plans in China to Revive áQiaoxiao', 1942-1945 139

The End of Tea Export Controls, 1945-1947 144

The Trouble with the Fujian-Singapore Trade 146

Chapter 5 Trade, the Cold War, and Decolonisation, 1945-1960 149

The Last Years of the KMT Government on the Mainland 149

Impact of the Communist Victory in China for the Merchants in Singapore 154

The End of Private Enterprise in Fujian, 1949-1954 159

Tea Sales in Singapore, 1949-1954 163

Singapore Government Policy on Trade with China, 1955-1960 167

The Trade Mission to the ROC on Taiwan, 1957 169

The PRC-ROC Rivalry in áWulong' Tea, 1957-1960 173

Decolonisation and the Relevance of Being an "Overseas Chinese" 183

Trade and International Politics 186

Conclusion The Overseas Chinese Merchants: The Link in an Interregional Tea Trade 189

Appendices 197

Bibliography

English-Language Sources 207

Chinese-Language Sources 216

Japanese-Language Sources 231

Index 233

Plates 237

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