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Border Crossing in Greater China Production, Community and Identity

Edited By Jenn-hwan Wang Copyright 2015
    264 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    China’s transformation from a poor and underdeveloped country into a global market power has profoundly altered its socioeconomic power relations with the other countries in the Greater China region, namely, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Indeed, this economic shift has resulted in the massive flow of capital and people from Taiwan as well as Hong Kong to China, to seek business opportunities and new lifestyles. These flows have in turn completely transformed longstanding borderlines in the region.

    This book examines the transformation of Taiwan and Hong Kong’s socioeconomic relationships with China as their economies have become more deeply integrated into Greater China. Across three key sections, it explores the impact of increasing social interaction and the shrinking of existing borderlines to ask whether these changes will bring about a convergence of identity among the people involved. "Production" examines how investments from Taiwan and Hong Kong to China have transformed production networks; "Community" explores the impact of cross-boundary mobility and the integration of migrants into Chinese communities; and finally, "Identity" engages with what is one of the most important issues in contemporary Taiwanese society.

    Border Crossing in Greater China contributes not only to theoretical debates on border crossing issues, but also provides valuable insights on the practical concerns regarding social and political integration and tensions in the region. As such, it will be of great interest to students and scholars of Taiwan studies, Chinese studies, Chinese society and Chinese economics.

    1. Introduction: Crossing borders in greater China: A multidimensional perspective, Jenn-hwan Wang  Part Ⅰ: Production 2. Managing cross-border innovation networks: Taiwan’s IC design industry, Jenn-hwan Wang and Sheng-wen Tseng 3. Embedded trust and beyond: The organizational network transformation of Taishang’s shoe industry in China, Chih-peng Cheng 4. Taiwanese architects and post-Mao China’s production of the built environment, Shiuh-Shen Chien 5. Establishing Guanxi in Chinese market: Comparative analysis of Japanese, Korean, and Taiwanese expatriates in mainland China, Shigeto Sonoda 6. Local response of "growth" and "dependency": A case study of Taiwan businessmen in Suzhou, China, Chia-ming Chang and Ter-hsing Cheng  Part Ⅱ: Community 7. Lifestyle migrants: Taiwanese women in China, Ping Lin 8. Marginal mobilities: Taiwanese manufacturing companies’ migration to inner China, Jian-bang Deng 9. Cross-strait economic exchanges by night: Pleasure, work, and power in Chinese karaoke hostess bars, Hsiu-hua Shen 10. Class, gender and globalized intimacy: The second-wife phenomenon in Great China, Suowei Xiao  Part Ⅲ: Identity 11. How identities matter? Taiwanese cultural workers in China, Yen-Fen Tseng 12. Class or identity matters? The social assimilation of Taiwanese Sojourners in China, Ruihua Lin, Shu Keng, and Richard Weixing Hu 13. Ethnic identity of Hong Kong people: An academic question turned political, Robert Chung and Edward Tai 14. Hong Kong and diasporic China, Angelina Chin


    Jenn-hwan Wang is Chair Professor of the Graduate Institute of Development Studies at National Chengchi University, Taiwan.