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International Symposium on Global Chinese Entrepreneurship

Join UCLA's International Symposium on Global Chinese Entrepreneurship.

April 18, 2020 8:30am to 5:30pm

Global Chinese entrepreneurship, diasporic Chinese entrepreneurship in particular, is a long-standing phenomenon for scholarly research. The historian and sinologist Gungwu Wang created a pyramid concept of Chinese migration with huashang (华商 meaning Chinese merchants and traders) as the foundation. Historically and in contemporary times, entrepreneurship has been a vital aspect of diasporic Chinese life and crucial for understanding Chinese migration, diasporic formation, and ancestral homeland/hometown development. This symposium aims to investigate the phenomenon further. We are particularly interested in: identifying the distinct patterns in diasporic Chinese entrepreneurship in historical and comparative perspectives and the relations between diasporic Chinese entrepreneurs and their ancestral homeland/hometowns; tracking the global and local forces that have transformed the ways in which Chinese migrants start and run their businesses in different national or transnational settings; the importance of local and transnational networks in business; the causes and consequences of entrepreneurship that are distinctly Chinese or are based on sub-ethnic identity; and the ways in which the understanding of global Chinese entrepreneurship would shed light on the general phenomenon of ethnic/immigrant entrepreneurship.

Keynote speaker: Wu, Jieh-min (Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica)

Wu Jieh-min is Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taipei. After receiving his PhD. from Columbia (1998), he taught at National Tsinghua University (Hsinchu) before moving to Academia Sinica in 2011. research interests focus on political sociology, political economy, social movements, democratization, and the public sphere. His research and writing over the last ten years includes: (1) Links Between Capitalist Development and Changes in China’s Political and Social Institutions. (2) Issues of Taiwanese Democratization, Social Movements, and the Public Sphere. (3) Historical Changes in Taiwan-China Relations (Cross-Strait Relations).

Saturday, April 18, 2020 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

UCLA Anderson School of Management, Room B313

Funding for the conference is provided by the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, represented by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Los Angeles.


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