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Essential Outsiders : Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe - Daniel Chirot

Essential Outsiders

Chinese and Jews in the Modern Transformation of Southeast Asia and Central Europe

By: Daniel Chirot (Editor), Anthony Reid (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9780295976136
Number Of Pages: 368
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Ethnic Chinese in Southeast Asia, like Jews in Central Europe until the Holocaust, have been remarkably successful as an entrepreneurial and professional minority. Whole regimes have sometimes relied on the financial underpinnings of Chinese business to maintain themselves in power, and recently Chinese businesses have led the drive to economic modernization in Southeast Asia. But at the same time, they remain, as the Jews were, the quintessential "outsiders". In some Southeast Asian countries they are targets of majority nationalist prejudices and suffer from discrimination, even where they are formally integrated into the nation.

The essays in this book explore the reasons why the Jews in Central Europe and the Chinese in Southeast Asia have been both successful and stigmatized. Their careful scholarship and measured tone contribute to a balanced view of the subject and introduce a historical depth and comparative perspective that have generally been lacking in past discussions. Those who want to understand contemporary Southeast Asia and the legacy of the Jewish experience in Central Europe will gain new insights from the book.

Similarities and Disparities: An Introduction to the Comparison of Entrepreneurial Minorities
Conflicting Identities and the Dangers of Communalismp. 3
Entrepreneurial Minorities, Nationalism, and the Statep. 33
Identity, Choice, and the Reaction to Prejudice among Chinese and Jews
Imagined Uncommunity: The Lookjin Middle Class and Thai Official Nationalismp. 75
"Pride and Prejudice" or "Sense and Sensibility"? How Reasonable Was Anti-Semitism in Vienna, 1880-1939?p. 99
Jewish Entrepreneurship and Identity under Capitalism and Socialism in Central Europe: The Unresolved Dilemmas of Hungarian Jewryp. 125
Anti-Sinicism and Chinese Identity Options in the Philippinesp. 153
The Modernization of Ethnic Perceptions and Conflicts
Anti-Sinicism in Java's New Orderp. 187
Middleman Minorities and Blood: Is There a Natural Economy of the Ritual Murder Accusation in Europe?p. 208
Chinese Businesses in Contemporary Southeast Asia: Are There Parallels?
A Specific Idiom of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Sino-Malaysian Capital Accumulation in the Face of State Hostilityp. 237
Ethnicity and Capitalist Development: The Changing Role of the Chinese in Thailandp. 258
Strengths and Weaknesses of Minority Status for Southeast Asian Chinese at a Time of Economic Growth and Liberalizationp. 285
List of Contributorsp. 318
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9780295976136
ISBN-10: 0295976136
Series: Jackson School Publications in International Studies (Paperback)
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.34  x 2.08
Weight (kg): 0.5