Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Prospects
THAILAND STUDIES PROGRAMME SEMINAR
Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia:
Challenges and Prospects
About the Seminar
How does Chinese capitalism from China impact ASEAN integration and its attempts at community building? In what ways does Chinese capitalism from China interact with the diverse forms of Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia? The penetration of new Chinese economic statecraft and the accompanying transnational Chinese business corporations and entrepreneurs have posed serious challenges to both Southeast Asian governments and local Chinese communities. On the one hand, China’s rise and its growing economic engagement with ASEAN has presented new investment and business opportunities for local Chinese communities in Southeast Asia. But on the other, China’s rise has also stimulated anxieties, ambivalences and new politico-economic realignments.
These challenges have triggered multiple and transformative changes to the modes of economic organization in Southeast Asia that has been influenced by regionalization and globalization as well as the cultural foundations of the Overseas Chinese. Creative strategies through
de-sinicization, re-sinicization, and re-balancing of economic relationships have been employed by local Chinese communities and ASEAN countries to cope with the challenges of Chinese capitalism. This seminar critically examines (i) the relations between Chinese capitalism and ASEAN Economic Community from a perspective of desecuritization and (ii) the dynamism of Chinese capitalism in Southeast Asia.
About the Speaker
Yos Santasombat is Professor of Anthropology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University, and Senior Research Scholar, Thailand Research Fund. He is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Thailand Studies Programme of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. He is the author of numerous books, including Lak Chang: A Reconstruction of Tai Identity in Daikong (Canberra: Pandanus Books, ANU, 2001), Biodiversity, Local Knowledge and Sustainable Development (Chiang Mai: RSCD, 2003, 2014), Flexible Peasants: Reconceptualising the Third World’s Rural Types (Chiang Mai: RCSD, 2008), The River of Life: Changing Ecosystems of the Mekong Region (Chiang Mai: Mekong Press, 2011), as well as the edited volumes Impact of China’s Rise on the Mekong Region (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Chinese Capitalism in Southeast Asia: Cultures and Practices (Springer, 2017).