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'Chinese Diaspora as Virtual-Nation: Interactive Roles between Economic and Social Capital'

Cheung Gordon, C.K.


C.K. Cheung Gordon



This paper attempts to analyse how and in what ways the Chinese diaspora interacts with globalisation in Southeast Asia through their economic and social capital. It explores the theories of globalisation and contrasts them with the thematic changes of Southeast Asia studies, and it conceptualises the economic power, the geographical dispersal nature and the social networking of Chinese diaspora in order to understand how a virtual nation is being constructed. It then examines empirical studies of that economic power using the specific case of Indonesia; comparative studies of Chinese companies in Southeast Asian countries; and foreign direct investment in China from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Finally, it surveys the building of the virtual community through ethnicity, languages, associations and Confucianism, from which social capital has been generated among the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia.


Cheung Gordon, C. (2004). 'Chinese Diaspora as Virtual-Nation: Interactive Roles between Economic and Social Capital'. Political Studies, 52(4), 664-684.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2004-12
Deposit Date Feb 5, 2008
Journal Political Studies
Print ISSN 0032-3217
Electronic ISSN 1467-9248
Publisher Political Studies Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 4
Pages 664-684
Keywords Globalisation, Southeast Asia, Virtual nation, Economic power, Indonesia, Social capital, Confucianism.
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