Affinity to the Chinese culture, personalized social networks and a firm control of ownership and management have often been considered the key ingredients for the success of many diaspora Chinese transnational enterprises in South China and Southeast Asia. In view of the recent Asian crisis and the rapid changes imposed by globalization, scholars are increasingly concerned whether these family-owned Chinese transnational enterprises would survive the challenges in the new millennium.
Leo Douw is Lecturer in Modern Chinese History and Society at the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Amsterdam, and Director of the research program on Chinese diaspora capitalism at the International Institute for Asian Studies, The Netherlands. Cen Huang is Director of International Programs and Partnerships at the University of Calgary. David Ip is Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Archaeology at the University of Queensland.