Ungrounded Empires

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-12-18
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book examines Chinese transnationalism as a distinctive domain within the new "flexible" capitalism emerging in the Asia-Pacific region. Interweaving anthropology, cultural studies, and interpretive political economy, essays in this book are based on new ethnographic research, in a range of sites, that examine the connections of human agency, cultural politics, and indeed pathos. Critiquing the view that these changes are the product of the ways that late capitalism and its concomitants--flexibility, travel, sub-contracting, multiculturalism, and mass media--are reworking the identities of an ethnic population in different global situations. Contributors: Cristina Szanton Blanc, Prasenjit Duara, Takeshi Hamashita, You-tien Hsing, Ching Kwan Lee, Xin Liu, Katharyne Mitchell, Donal Nonini, Aihwa Ong, Carl Trocki, Wong Siu Lun, and Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang.

Table of Contents

Introduction Chinese Transnationalism as an Alternative Modernity 3(34)
Donald M. Nonini
Aihwa Ong
Part 1 Transiting to Modernity: The Wildness and Power of Early Chinese Transnationalism 37(52)
Preface 37(2)
1 Nationalists Among Transnationals: Overseas Chinese and the Idea of China, 1900-1911
Prasenjit Duara
2 Boundaries and Transgressions: Chinese Enterprise in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Southeast Asia
Carl A. Trocki
Part 2 Family, Guanxi, and Space: Discourses and Practices in the Age of Flexibility 89(78)
Preface 89(2)
3 Space, Mobility, and Flexibility: Chinese Villagers and Scholars Negotiate Power at Home and Abroad
Xin Liu
4 Factory Regimes of Chinese Capitalism: Different Cultural Logics in Labor Control
Ching Kwan Lee
5 Building Guanxi Across the Straits: Taiwanese Capital and Local Chinese Bureaucrats
You-tien Hsing
Part 3 Transnational Identities and Nation-State Regimes of Truth and Power 167(92)
Preface 167(4)
6 Chinese Modernities: Narratives of Nation and of Capitalism
Aihwa Ong
7 Shifting Identities, Positioned Imaginaries: Transnational Traversals and Reversals by Malaysian Chinese
Donald M. Nonini
8 Transnational Subjects: Constituting the Cultural Citizen in the Era of Pacific Rim Capital
Katharyne Mitchell
Part 4 The Self-Making and Being-Made of Transnational Subjectivities 259(64)
Preface 259(2)
9 The Thoroughly Modern "Asian": Capital, Culture, and Nation in Thailand and the Philippines
Cristina Szanton Blanc
10 Mass Media and Transnational Subjectivity in Shanghai: Notes on (Re)Cosmopolitanism in a Chinese Metropolis
Mayfair Mei-hui Yang
Afterword Toward a Cultural Politics of Diaspora and Transnationalism 323(10)
Aihwa Ong
Donald M. Nonini
Notes on Contributors 333(4)
Index 337

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