The Chinese in Colonial Malaya were noted for their involvement in revenue farming, the rice trade, mining and estates, and pawnbroking. However, the Chinese presence was also significant in broader economic and social spheres, and the wealth and power of the Chinese community helped fuel the emerging colonial state and the modern transformation of Southeast Asia. In Chinese Business in the Making of a Malay State, Wu Xiao An argues persuasively that Chinese ventures owed much of their success to the flexibility and dynamism of Chinese family and economic networks, and the moral imperatives that governed relationships within the Chinese community.
“The book is a major contribution to studies of nineteenth and twentieth century Malaysian history, studies of the overseas Chinese and studies of colonialism and it should be seen as an important complement to other works which show the role played by Penang in its neighbouring territories.” –Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
“The richness of both the thematic approaches as well as the breadth of the source materials used will surely make this book compelling reading. Readers interested in colonial history, state formation, social change, family business networks, and legal institutional development will all find challenging views and interesting description. Moreover, Wu Xiao An has shown us convincingly that these diverse issues not only can be analysed in an integrated fashion, but that they should be.” Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
About the Author
Wu Xiao An is Professor of History at Peking University and Director of the Peking University’s Center for the Study of Overseas Chinese.
Table of Contents
Preface to the New Edition
3: Networking Regional Interactions, 1882-9
4: Family and State, 1889-95
5: Old Framework and New Development, 1895-1905
6: Transition, 1905-9
7: Confrontation and Accommodation, 1909-18
8. Another Round of Adjustment, 1918-28
9: A New Profile of Community and Business, 1928-41