This book examines how Chinese family and business networks, focused around activities such as revenue farming, including opium, the rice trade, and pawnbroking, and related legal and labour organization activities, were highly influential in the process of state formation in Malaya. It shows how Chinese family and business networks were flexible and dynamic, and were closely interlocked with economic and social structures, around which government, and states, developed. It considers the crucial role of wealth and power in the process of state formation, and challenges accepted views of Chinese ethnicity and migration.
Table of contents:
1. Introduction 2. Settings 3. Networking Regional Interactions 1882-1889 4. Family and State 1889-1895 5. Old Framework and New Development 1895-1905 6. Transition 1905-1909 7. Confrontation and Accommodation 1909-1918 8. Another Round of Adjustment 1918-1928 9. A New Profile of Community and Business 1928-1941 10. Conclusion
Wu Xiao An received his PhD from the University of Amsterdam. He held a lectureship at Xiamen University (1991-93) and was awarded fellowships at the University of Amsterdam (1993-99), The National University of Singapore (2000-1) and Kyoto University (2002). His research interests include the modern history of Southeast Asia and the Chinese overseas.