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Cover Illustration: Marshal Peng Dehuai, and the Overseas Chinese delegates to the first National People’s Congress, Beijing, September 1954. Source: The Tan Kah Kee Memorial Museum

Names: Lim, Jin Li, author.

Title: The price and promise of specialness : the political economy of overseas Chinese policy in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1959 / by Jin Li Lim.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019] | Series: Chinese overseas, ISSN 1876-3847 ; volume 13 | Includes bibliographical references.

Identifiers: LCCN 2019014382 (print) | LCCN 2019017542 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004400740 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004400702 (hardback : alk. paper)

Subjects: LCSH: China—Emigration and immigration—Economic aspects. | Chinese—Foreign countries—History—20th century. | Emigrant remittances—China—History—20th century. | Chinese diaspora—Economic aspects. | China—Economic policy—1949–1976. | China—Politics and government—1949–1976.

Classification: LCC JV8701 (ebook) | LCC JV8701 .L56 2019 (print) | DDC 337.51009/045—dc23

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ISSN 1876-3847

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The Price and Promise of Specialness

The Political Economy of Overseas Chinese Policy in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–1959