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Author Wu, Xiao An, 1965-

Title Chinese business in the making of a Malay state, 1882-1941 : Kedah and Penang / Wu Xiao An
Edition New edition
Published Singapore : NUS Press, 2010


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 MELB  959.5004951 Wu/Cbi  AVAILABLE
Description xvii, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Summary The Chinese in colonial Malaya were noted for their involvement in revenue farming, the rice trade, mining and estates, and pawnbroking. However, the Chinese presence was also significant in broader economic and social spheres, and the wealth and power of the Chinese community helped fuel the emerging colonial state and the modern transformation of Southeast Asia. In 'Chinese and the Making of a Malay State,' Wu Xiao An argues persuasively that Chinese ventures owed much of their success to the flexibility and dynamism of Chinese family and economic networks, and the moral imperatives that governed relationships within the Chinese community. Using Penang and Kedah as a case study, Wu draws on archival sources, family histories and an examination of legal arrangements and the press to show that personal and business networks were not bound by the territorial borders of traditional or modern states, but extended across much of Southeast Asia and into China. His demonstration of the complexity of interactions involving new migrants, sojourners and settlers, both Chinese and non-Chinese, challenges understandings of state formation and economic growth in colonial Malaya based on ethnic stereotypes and accounts of events limited by fixed political boundaries. (Amazon website)
Notes First published: London : RoutledgeCurzon, 2003
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-260) and index
Subject Business and politics -- Malaysia -- Kedah -- History.
Business networks -- China -- History.
Business networks -- Malaysia -- Kedah -- History.
Chinese -- Malaysia -- Kedah -- Economic conditions.
Family-owned business enterprises -- China -- History.
Family-owned business enterprises -- Malaysia -- Kedah -- History.
SUBJECT Kedah (Malaysia) -- Economic conditions.
Kedah (Malaysia) -- Ethnic relations.
Kedah (Malaysia) -- Politics and government.
LC no. 2010353414
ISBN 9789971694968