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Author Nyíri, Pál

Title Chinese in Eastern Europe and Russia : a middleman minority in a transnational era / Nyiri Pal
Edition 1st ed
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2007


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 173 pages)
Series Chinese worlds
Chinese worlds.
Contents Part Part I: History -- chapter 1 Early contacts -- chapter 2 Chinese farmers, hunters, workers and merchants in Russia, 1858-1914 -- chapter 3 Chinese as labourers and soldiers in Russia's wars, 1914-22 -- chapter 4 Chinese in the Soviet Union, 1922-89 -- part Part II: The present -- chapter 5 Chinese migration to Russia and Eastern Europe since 1989: Sources, numbers and migration strategies -- chapter 6 Employment and the ethnic economy -- chapter 7 Transnational practices and politics -- chapter 8 Finding a place in Eastern Europe? -- chapter 9 Conclusion: A transnational middleman minority
Summary "This book provides a comprehensive overview of the Chinese in Eastern Europe and Russia from the nineteenth century to the present day. Particularly important is the movement of entrepreneurs in the early 1990s, who took advantage of unmet demand, inadequate retail networks and largely unregulated markets to become suppliers of cheap consumer goods to low-income Eastern Europeans. In some villages, Chinese merchants now occupy a position not unlike that of Jewish shopkeepers before the Second World War. Although their interactions with local society are numerous, the degree of social integration and acceptance is often low. At the same time, they maintain close economic, social and political ties to China." "Empirical in focus, and full of rich ethnographic data, Nyiri Pal has produced a book that will be of great interest to students and scholars of Chinese studies, international migration, diaspora and transnationalism."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-166) and index
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Subject Chinese -- Russia -- History
Chinese -- Europe, Eastern -- History
Chinese -- Soviet Union -- History
Chinese -- Russia (Federation)
Chinese -- Migrations.
Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects.
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Chinese -- Migrations
Emigration and immigration -- Economic aspects
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects
Eastern Europe
Russia (Federation)
Soviet Union
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0415446864