This is a universal story about the shared human condition within our different cultures. It describes how we all aim for the same goal - mastery of the self and the forces around us, with specific reference to the Chinese experience.
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CHAN Kwok Bun is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the National University of Singapore. His current research interest is in the relationships between culture, ethnicity, entrepreneurship and migratory movements, voluntary or forced. He has published many essays and books on refugees and the overseas Chinese. This book is his second attempt to work with oral history material since his 1991 book, 'Smoke and Fire: The Chinese in Montreal.'
Claire S. N. CHIANG has done intensive sociology fieldwork on factory workers and industrial relations in Hong Kong in the early 1980s. Upon her return to Singapore, she promptly carried out oral history interviews with women migrant workers for the Oral History Department of the Government of Singapore. Presently, she continues to be involved in theoretical and practical issues in such diverse fields as human resource management, business entreprenuership, voluntarism, gender relations, as well as community development.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
From Chapter 3:
In the beginning, I made only about three to four hundred dollars of profit from a ship. Sometimes I had only one job in two months. My overhead were low, I did not have an office, or anything like that. I simply worked whenever there was work. Eventually I worked through my problems... Business success depends on the individual's strength and determination as well as on his resilience and his ability to withstand suffering. If he cannot accept suffering, he would not be successful... Trustworthiness is the first principal in business. If a person is untrustworthy, he is literally useless. You only need to be reliable once, and you will be remembered for it forever. They will never give you another job. Your business will then suffer. Ng Teow Yhee was born in 1923 in China, Fujian Province, Jinjiang district. Living conditions of Chinese peasantry during the second decade of this century was miserable; there was widespread poverty and chaos, and opportunities were lacking. Family labour could not be absorbed by the rural economy and, for reasons of survival, sons and husbands had to migrate to seek livelihood elsewhere. As such, the Chinese family in the period was not functioning effectively as a reproductive unit. Members were dispersed in different parts of the world; no longer contained within a clear physical boundary, the family's productive, reproductive and consumer functions were shared out at different geographic locations by a number of siblings and male adults, with varying degrees of effectiveness. Hence, any understanding of the family development cycle during this difficult period in China has to be broadened to include temporal and spatial features beyond the village household per se.
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Book Description Prentice Hall, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0136060218
Book Description Prentice Hall, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0136060218