eCite Digital Repository

Chinese Capitalisms in Southeast Asia: Diverging Institutional Legacies of Southeast Asian Chinese Business Communities


Dahles, H, Chinese Capitalisms in Southeast Asia: Diverging Institutional Legacies of Southeast Asian Chinese Business Communities, Business Networks in East Asian Capitalisms: Enduring Trends, Emerging Patterns, Elsevier Ltd, J Nolan, C Rowley and M Warner (ed), Netherlands, pp. 191-209. ISBN 9780081006559 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2016 The Authors

Official URL:


Upon China’s reentry into the world economy, investments in countries with a substantial ethnic Chinese population, such as in Southeast Asia, were among the first steps taken in an international business environment. Conversely, ethnic Chinese businesspeople from Southeast Asia were among the first who took their business to China in the 1990s. The ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia soon realized their potential to act as a bridge between China and their respective countries of residence. The question is how ethnic Chinese networks reflect economic integration into the Chinese dominated regional market, and shape the particular variety of Chinese capitalism across Southeast Asia? This chapter draws on literature on ethnic Chinese business communities in the Straits region comprising of Singapore, and parts of Malaysia and Indonesia. These three ethnic Chinese communities can be identified in terms of a common origin, a shared but diverse migration history, colonial legacy and "diasporic" condition. Based on a comparative literature review, this chapter argues that a comparative analysis of the historical dimensions of ethnic Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asian countries is vital to understand diverging perceptions and relations that ethnic Chinese businesses in the Straits maintain with China.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Southeast Asian Chinese business, business networks, ethnicity, institutional legacies, ethnic Chinese, Chinese business networks, colonial legacies, The Straits, Southeast Asia
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Other human society
Research Field:Studies of Asian society
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:International relations
Objective Field:International political economy (excl. international trade)
UTAS Author:Dahles, H (Professor Heidi Dahles)
ID Code:146438
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-09-07
Last Modified:2021-10-14

Repository Staff Only: item control page