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Article: The mystery of capital: Eurasian entrepreneurs' socio-cultural strategies for commercial success in early 20 th-century Hong Kong

TitleThe mystery of capital: Eurasian entrepreneurs' socio-cultural strategies for commercial success in early 20 th-century Hong Kong
Authors
KeywordsBusiness and politics
Chinese family business
Eurasians
Hong Kong commercial history
Network capital
Issue Date2010
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10357823.asp
Citation
Asian Studies Review, 2010, v. 34 n. 4, p. 467-487 How to Cite?
AbstractUnlike economic capital, which is visible and easy to calculate, social capital is intangible and difficult to assess. Although both types of capital are crucial in determining social relations and social behaviour, little solid research has been done on the latter. This paper attempts to use the rags-to-riches story of Sir Robert Ho Tung, a first-generation Hong Kong Eurasian entrepreneur who commenced life without traditional social/cultural capital as the illegitimate son of a Chinese woman and a Dutchman, to illustrate the processes involved in cultivating and accumulating social capital. With special reference to economic development in early colonial Hong Kong and major social transformations in the Chinese mainland, this paper also demonstrates how a group of so-called social/racial "half-caste bastards" (Eurasians) were able to form their own social networks of mutual help and protection. It also considers how they worked to consolidate, mobilise, aggrandise and transmit their social capital. In conclusion, it is argued that Eurasians in early twentieth-century Hong Kong constructed their personal networks like a web, with different interconnecting layers that functioned at different socio-economic-political levels to serve different purposes. © 2010 Asian Studies Association of Australia.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176320
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.492
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.279
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dc.contributor.authorWong, SLen_HK
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dc.date.available2012-11-26T09:09:08Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationAsian Studies Review, 2010, v. 34 n. 4, p. 467-487en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1035-7823en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/176320-
dc.description.abstractUnlike economic capital, which is visible and easy to calculate, social capital is intangible and difficult to assess. Although both types of capital are crucial in determining social relations and social behaviour, little solid research has been done on the latter. This paper attempts to use the rags-to-riches story of Sir Robert Ho Tung, a first-generation Hong Kong Eurasian entrepreneur who commenced life without traditional social/cultural capital as the illegitimate son of a Chinese woman and a Dutchman, to illustrate the processes involved in cultivating and accumulating social capital. With special reference to economic development in early colonial Hong Kong and major social transformations in the Chinese mainland, this paper also demonstrates how a group of so-called social/racial "half-caste bastards" (Eurasians) were able to form their own social networks of mutual help and protection. It also considers how they worked to consolidate, mobilise, aggrandise and transmit their social capital. In conclusion, it is argued that Eurasians in early twentieth-century Hong Kong constructed their personal networks like a web, with different interconnecting layers that functioned at different socio-economic-political levels to serve different purposes. © 2010 Asian Studies Association of Australia.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/10357823.aspen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofAsian Studies Reviewen_HK
dc.subjectBusiness and politicsen_HK
dc.subjectChinese family businessen_HK
dc.subjectEurasiansen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kong commercial historyen_HK
dc.subjectNetwork capitalen_HK
dc.titleThe mystery of capital: Eurasian entrepreneurs' socio-cultural strategies for commercial success in early 20 th-century Hong Kongen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailZheng, V: vzheng@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/10357823.2010.527919en_HK
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