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Transnational Chinese sphere in Singapore : dynamics, transformations and characteristics

Transnationaler chinesischer Raum in Singapur: Dynamik, Transformationen und Charakteristiken
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Liu, Hong

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Abstract Based upon an empirical analysis of Singaporean Chinese’s intriguing and changing linkages with China over the past half century, this paper suggests that multi-layered interactions between the Chinese diaspora and the homeland have led to the formulation of an emerging transnational Chinese social sphere, which has three main characteristics: First, it is a space for communication by ethnic Chinese abroad with their hometown/ homeland through steady and extensive flows of people, ideas, goods and capital that transcend the nation-state borders, although states also play an important role in shaping the nature and characteristics of these flows. Second, this transnational social sphere constitutes a dynamic interface between economy, politics and culture, which has contributed to creating a collective diasporic identity as well as social and business networks. Third, the key institutional mechanism of the transnational social sphere is various types of Chinese organizations – ranging from hometown associations to professional organizations – which serve as integral components of Chinese social and business networks.
Keywords Singapore; Far East; Chinese; immigration; transformation; social network; economy; population development; organizations; international relations; Southeast Asia
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Method empirical; quantitative empirical; historical
Free Keywords anthropology; immigrants; transnational social sphere; historic and contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2012
Page/Pages p. 37-60
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 41 (2012) 2
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works