Do Chinese voluntary organizations continue to have a role in
modern societies enmeshed in a globalizing world that questions
continuation of the nation-state and ethnic identity? This book
argues that Chinese voluntary organizations continue to play a
significant role in both the established and new Chinese
communities in the Diaspora. They are able to do so because of
their ability to transform their organizational structure and
functions. At the same time, they are able to reinvent their own
images to suit their co-ethnic community and the wider polity.
The uniqueness of this volume lies in its integration of historical
and contemporary approaches to the study of traditional Chinese
voluntary organizations in the Diaspora. The chapters explore how
the Chinese voluntary organizations continue to fulfil the needs of
the Chinese community in different parts of the world, and do this
by both localizing and globalizing their functions and roles in the
countries where they have established roots.
The contributors cover traditional Chinese voluntary organizations
from Asia to Australia, North America and Europe examining not only
their activities in established Chinese communities such as
Singapore and Malaysia, but also in the new emerging Chinese
communities in Canada and Eastern Europe. This allows the readers
to compare and contrast the voluntary organizations across
countries and across time.
Readership for this book includes scholars and students of Chinese
Studies, Asian Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Diaspora Studies,
History, Social Organizations and the general educated Chinese
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