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

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Daniel Chirot, Anthony Reid
University of Washington Press, 1997 - History - 335 pages
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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 when they are formally integrated into the nation.
 

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Contents

Conflicting Identities and the Dangers of Communalism
3
Entrepreneurial Minorities Nationalism and the State
33
Identity Choice and the Reaction to Prejudice among Chinese and Jews
73
Imagined Uncommunity The Lookjin Middle Class and Thai Official Nationalism
75
Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility? How Reasonable Was AntiSemitism in Vienna 18801939?
99
Jewish Entrepreneurship and Identity under Capitalism and Socialism in Central Europe The Unresolved Dilemmas of Hungarian Jewry
125
AntiSinicism and Chinese Identity Options in the Philippines
153
The Modernization of Ethnic Perceptions and Conflicts
185
Middleman Minorities and Blood Is There a Natural Economy of the Ritual Murder Accusation in Europe?
208
Chinese Businesses in Contemporary Southeast Asia Are There Parallels?
235
A Specific Idiom of Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia SinoMalaysian Capital Accumulation in the Face of State Hostility
237
Ethnicity and Capitalist Development The Changing Role of the Chinese in Thailand
258
Strengths and Weaknesses of Minority Status for Southeast Asian Chinese at a Time of Economic Growth and Liberalization
285
Contributors
318
Index
321
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AntiSinicism in Javas New Order
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Russ Christensen has spent over four years with the Pa-O in the Mae Hong Son area of northern Thailand. Sann Kyaw, and ethnic Pa-O, completed two years at the University of Mandalay before the universities were closed in 1988.

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