The role of ethnic Chinese business in Southeast Asia in catalyzing economic development has been hotly debated - and often misunderstood - throughout cycles of boom and bust.
This book critically examines some of the key features attributed to Chinese business: business-government relations, the family firm, trust and networks, and supposed 'Asian' values. The in-depth case studies that feature in the book reveal considerable diversity among these firms and the economic and political networks in which they manoeuvre.
With contributions from leading scholars and under the impressive editorship of Jomo and Folk, Ethnic Business is a well-written, important contribution to not only students of Asian business and economics, but also professionals with an interest in those areas.
1. Introduction 2. Chinese Capatalism in Southeast Asia 3. The Politics of 'Seeing Chinese' and the Evolution of a Chinese Idiom of Business 4. The Cultural Limits of 'Confucian Capitalism': Power and the Invention of the Family among Chinese Traders in Sarawak 5. All Are Flexible, But Some are More Flexible than Others: Small-Scale Chinese Businesses in Malaysia 6. The Leading Chinese-Filipino Business Families in Post-Marcos Philippines 7. Pre-1997 Sino-Indonesian Conglomerates, Compared with Those of Other ASEAN Countries 8. Determinants of Business Capability in Thailand 9. De-Mythologising Charoen Pokphand: An Interpretive Picture of the CP Group's Growth and Diversification 10. Telecommunications, Rents and the Growth of a Liberalization Coalition in Thailand 11. Japanese Transnational Production Networks and Ethnic Chinese Business Networks in East Asia: Linkages and Regional Integration