'We Need Two Worlds'

Chinese Immigrant Associations in a Western Society

Minghuan Li

'We Need Two Worlds'
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Minghuan Li

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

360 pages | © 1999
Paper $62.50 ISBN: 9789053564028 Published June 1999 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
A highly informative report on Chinese immigrants in the Netherlands, We Need Two Worlds is a clear and well-structured dissertation which presents a considerable amount of new material to existing knowledge of Chinese associations and their role in the Netherlands. The situation in Amsterdam is comparable to Chinese societies in other major cities, e.g. New York and London.

This comprehensive study will help Western students, academics, civil servants, politicians and journalists who have an interest in Chinese culture to gain a better understanding of the significance of their associations. It also illustrates how Chinese immigrants live together and operate within a western society.
Foreword, Prof.dr. Jan Breman
Chapter I
1.  Aim of the Study
2.  A review of literature
3.  Defining central concepts
4.  Operationalizing the research
5.  Structure of the text
Chapter II
The Settlement of Chinese Immigrants in the Netherlands
1.  Chinese migration to the Netherlands in the 20th century
2.  Changes of size and composition
3.  Sub-groups within the Chinese immigrants
Chapter III
A History of Chinese Associations in the Netherlands
1.  Chinese associations before the Second World War
2.  Chinese associations after the Second World War
3.  Typology of contemporary Chinese associations in the Netherlands
Chapter IV
Three Case Studies
1.  ACV: the oldest association facing new challenges
2.  Fa Yin: for Chinese children and Chinese elders
3.  CCRM: "We have nearly finished our tasks!"
Chapter V
To Have Dreams Come True: Organizational Motivations
1.  Practical considerations
2.  Creating a positive social image
3.  Acting as a unified representative
Chapter VI
Leadership and Membership:  Organizational Structure
1.  Leadership
2.  Membership
3.  Organizational arrangement
Chapter VII
A Bridge and A Wall between the Two Worlds:
Organizational Functions
1.  Social activities organized by associations
2.  Social significance of the Chinese associations
3.  Who is benefitting the most?
Chapter VIII
What is the future?
1.  Looking at Chinese associations in Europe from a global perspective
2.  Looking at Chinese associations in the Netherlands from an European perspective
3.  Power structures and the differences between the generations
4.  Trans-ethnic integration in the association development
5.  Conjectures regarding the future
List of Chinese associations in the Netherlands (1947-1997)
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