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Merchant Princes of the East: Cultural Delusions, Economic Success and the Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia

Hodder, Rupert

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ISBN 10: 0471962309 / ISBN 13: 9780471962304
Published by John Wiley & Sons Inc, Somerset, 1996
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Merchant Princes of the East: Cultural ...

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc, Somerset

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Very Good

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Merchant Princes of the East is an original and searching analysis of the economic success of Overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia. Focusing on companies, associations, social relationships and markets, this book challenges cultural explanations of that success. It is suggested that values, institutions and actions often interpreted and presented as definitive components of Chinese culture are not peculiar or unique to Overseas Chinese, and may also be turned against material progress. The final chapter draws upon the arguments developed earlier in the book to consider the significance of the links between China and the Overseas Chinese both for China and for the Far East as a whole. Following on from the author s two previous successful books published by Wiley, The West Pacific Rim and The Creations of Wealth in China, Merchant Princes of the East covers a wide range of issues of interest to students and graduates of economics, geography, anthropology, social psychology and ethnic and cultural studies, as well as to those with a specialist interest in the Far East.

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Presents a searching and original analysis of the role of Chinese business communities and their contribution to the economic success of the West Pacific Rim. A timely book, given the recent explosion of interest in the region and the recognition that the West Pacific Rim seems likely to develop as the centre of gravity of the global economy in the first half of the next century. The book is divided into three parts, the first examines various cultural and economic issues including trade and economic strategies in China and the West Pacific, the economic context within which the overseas Chinese operate, Chinese marketing systems and the links between China and the overseas Chinese in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Case studies are used to demonstrate how these links operate.

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