There has been a large body of research on overseas Chinese businesses, mainly focusing on the role of family culture and familial relations in Chinese business operations in diverse places. Many researchers would agree that deep-rooted Confucian notions and practices, particularly those related to ancestor worship, have played a vital role in maintaining kinship ties, communal solidarity and transnational networks among the global Chinese business diaspora. In Overseas Chinese Christian Entrepreneurs in Modern China , Sociologist Joy Kooi-Chin Tong offers an alterative story by looking at the role of Protestant Christianity in the expatriate life of overseas Chinese entrepreneurs who are from Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and the U.S. and who are now conducting business in Shanghai. With an intention to apply Max Weber’s thesis on the Protestant-capitalist nexus to the Chinese context, Tong sets out to examine the causal relationship of Christian morality and business development in this modernizing and industrializing Chinese metropolis. The first two chapters put the study into the economic and religious context of post-reform China and the Weberian framework of religion and political economy respectively. It is worth noting that there is a dichotomous notion of China versus the West in
Journal of Chinese Overseas – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2013
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