On Being "Chinese Overseas"

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dc.contributor.author Koning, Juliette en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T10:27:07Z
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T10:27:07Z
dc.date.issued 2006-05-04T00:00:00Z en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7392
dc.description.abstract Two things characterize the ethnic Chinese overseas: their subjection to discrimination and their over-representation (relative to the local people in the place of destination) in self-employment and entrepreneurship (Chan Kwok-bun 2004:xiii). Much has been written on ethnic Chinese firms in Southeast Asia. A major part of the scholarly attention has gone into trying to understand and explain business success. As such the debate has for a long time, in a rather dichotomizing way, been divided into capitalist (profit maximisation) and cultural (personal relationship) explanations as the main drivers for this so-called success. Since the late 1990s the debate has entered a new phase, sometimes referred to as the "revisionist mood‿ enhancing the deconstruction and de-mystification of ethic Chinese businesses. Interestingly enough the debate has been rather quiet on issues of identity and ethnic self-representation. This is where this paper tries to fill a gap. By focusing on the role and meaning of ethnicity and religion (as identity markers) in enterprise development, leadership and management styles, and decision-making and networking I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the significance of "being Chinese overseas‿ and "New-Born Christian‿ in entrepreneurial identity. Empirical case material on several new-born Christian ethnic Chinese entrepreneurs of small and medium sized companies in Indonesia shall be used to explore this delicate relationship. The overtly non-Christian socio-political domination and the contested citizenship position of ethnic Chinese in parts of the region shall be features of the necessary contextual discussion. Keywords: Ethnic Chinese, Indonesia, Entrepreneurship, New Order, Chineseness. en_US
dc.format.extent 38 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Copenhagen Discussion Papers;2006-005 en_US
dc.title On Being "Chinese Overseas" en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt06maj04 mielmo en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort ARC en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Asia Research Centre en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort ARC en_US
dc.description.notes Paper presented at the inaugural international workshop ‘ChinaWorld’ on 10-11 March 2006 at Asia Research Centre, Copenhagen Business School en_US
dc.idnumber x656520050 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 2006 en_US
dc.title.subtitle The Case of Chinese Indonesian Entrepreneurs en_US


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