Yanto Chandra and Linda Wong (eds.): Social
Entrepreneurship in the Greater China Region: Policy
Routledge, London and New York, 2016, 196 pp, Index, $145,
Tracy Shicun Cui
Published online: 23 March 2017
Ó International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University 2017
Background of the authors
Yanto Chandra is Assistant Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, and
his research interests are entrepreneurship, social investment, and research methods.
Linda Wong is a former professor at the City University of Hong Kong. She was the
founder and director of Project Flame.
The book aims to describe the roles and impact of institutions and policies on the
development and progress of social entrepreneurship in Greater China Region.
Speciﬁcally, the editors have devoted six chapters on policies, practices, and cases
in Hong Kong; one chapter on language implication of social enterprise in Chinese,
one chapter on the Nonproﬁt Incubator (an intermediary organization) in Mainland
China, and the other three chapters on Taiwan.
Originating from poverty and unemployment program, policies in Hong Kong on
social enterprise reﬂect a shift of government focus from poverty to innovation, with
a heavy inﬂuence of learning from community interest company (CIC) in British
government and other countries. Policies are well structured with the establishment
of Social Enterprise Advisory Committee and Social Innovation and Entrepreneur-
ship Development Fund. The fact that government funding targeted at employment
and poverty is only accessible by nonproﬁt organizations turns out to be a double-
edged sword because government grants foster the development of nonproﬁt social
enterprise as well as their dependence on government funding. Furthermore,
nonproﬁt social enterprise organizations try to pander to needs of funders and thus
are involved in gaming and collusion in the process. In Taiwan, there are only
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