Chinese Capitalisms


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Biographical Note

Chan Kwok-bun is Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, and Director of the David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University. His current research interests are in migration, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, and diasporas; ethnic identities and ethnicities; business networks and ethnic capitalism; medical sociology; and family and marriage. (
Cheung Tak-sing is Professor at the Department of Sociology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His current research interests are Confucianism, modernity and Chinese social thought. (
Agnes Ku Shuk-mei is Associate Professor of Social Science at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Her research interests include cultural sociology, civil society, citizenship, Hong Kong studies, gender issues and disability issues. (

Table of contents

From the Editor
Authors’ Biographies

Guest Editor: Chu Yin-wah

Introduction: From Destitute to Xiao Kang (Well-Being), Maybe Da Guo (Great Nation): Explorations of Chinese Capitalisms and Capitalist Actions - Chu Yin-wah

Emerging Chinese Capitalism and its Theoretical and Global Significance - Nan Lin

The “Spirit” of Capitalism in China: Contemporary Meanings of Weber’s Thought - Ku Chung-hwa

Taiwan’s Industrialization: The Rise of a Demand-Responsive Economy - Gary G. Hamilton and Kao Cheng-shu

Tai-Shang: A Different Kind of Ethnic Chinese Business in Southeast Asia - Michael Hsiao Hsin-Huang, Kung I-Chung and Wang Hong-zen

Entrepreneurship and Risk: The Becoming of the Koo Business Dynasty - Ho Tsai-man C. and Sun Wenbin


Family Resources and Educational Stratification: The Case of Hong Kong, 1981-2001 - Wu Xiaogang

The Transnational Linkages of Chinese in Toronto - Eric Fong, Cao Xingshan, and Chen Wenhong

Rediscovering Chinese Society in the Socialist Era: Using the Past to Serve the Present - Jonathan Unger

Book Reviews

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