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Introduction " r e t h i n K i n G B u s i n e s s h i s to r Y i n M o d e r n C h i n a" wEn-Hsin yEH University of California, Berkeley Klaus MüHlHaHn Freie Universität Berlin Hajo fröliCH Freie Universität Berlin from baCkwardNess aNd eXploitatioN to intEraCtion This special issue of Cross-Currents picks up on a contemporary experience that, in one way or another, is familiar to us all: the experience of discovering that what was once "foreign" has become a part of the domestic everyday. While people agitated over foreign goods and colonial conditions of exchange a hundred years ago, few people today can tell which goods are foreign, domestic, or exploitative in relationships of production simply by their places of production. The imported has become indigenized, and manufacturing has become a process involving complex relationships among transnational partners. China today, for example, is an economy of McDonald's, Starbucks, German cars, Korean soap operas, Japanese cuisine, and American pop culture. It is also the home of Lenovo, Huawei, Alibaba, and other brands that are globalizing beyond the Chinese world. In business and economic life, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

" r e t h i n K i n G B u s i n e s s h i s to r Y i n M o d e r n C h i n a" wEn-Hsin yEH University of California, Berkeley Klaus MüHlHaHn Freie Universität Berlin Hajo fröliCH Freie Universität Berlin from baCkwardNess aNd eXploitatioN to intEraCtion This special issue of Cross-Currents picks up on a contemporary experience that, in one way or another, is familiar to us all: the experience of discovering that what was once "foreign" has become a part of the domestic everyday. While people agitated over foreign goods and colonial conditions of exchange a hundred years ago, few people today can tell which goods are foreign, domestic, or exploitative in relationships of production simply by their places of production. The imported has become indigenized, and manufacturing has become a process involving complex relationships among transnational partners. China today, for example, is an economy of McDonald's, Starbucks, German cars, Korean soap operas, Japanese cuisine, and American pop culture. It is also the home of Lenovo, Huawei, Alibaba, and other brands that are globalizing beyond the Chinese world. In business and economic life,

Journal

Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Dec 16, 2015

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