Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Diasporic Development: The Case of New Chinese Migrants in the USA

  • Min Zhou
  • Hong Liu


This chapter traces the histories of long-standing Chinese migrations to the United States to examine the link between immigrant entrepreneurship and diasporic development. Based on data collected from two parallel research projects and multisite fieldwork in the United States and China, Zhou and Liu show that immigrant entrepreneurship has continued to serve as a key pattern of adaptation among new Chinese migrants and that this long-standing pattern is shaped by different migration histories, structural circumstances in both sending and receiving societies, and locations in the transnational social fields. The authors also show that rapid globalization, changing geopolitics in the Asia Pacific region, and the rise of China have opened up new avenues for transnational entrepreneurship. They conclude that immigrant entrepreneurship is conducive to integration, as it enhances not only an individual’s economic opportunities but also his or her sociocultural opportunities, by way of diasporic development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Min Zhou
    • 1
  • Hong Liu
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeSingapore

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