A D A M M c K E O W N | B O O K R E V I E W S 1 4 0 Singapore Chinese Society in Transition: Business, Politics and Socio- Economic Change, 1945-1965 . By LIU Hong and WONG Sin-Kiong. New York: Peter Lang, 2004. viii+209 pp. P R E D I C T I O N S O F T H E I M M I N E N T A S S I M I L AT I O N O R M O D E R N I Z AT I O N of overseas Chinese, and the demise of their hometown, family and dialect associations have been common since at least the 1930s.Yet the associations have endured and adapted, and analysts have turned to ideas like Confucian capitalism and alternative modernities to understand the persistence of “traditional” culture alongside modernizing change. This book focuses on Singapore Chinese politics, business and institutions in the two decades after World War II to explain much of that continuity and adaptation. As the authors note, this is a pivotal period that is ripe for reinterpretation. The frameworks of assimilation, modernization and Cold War
Journal of Chinese Overseas – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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