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Lords Of The Rim

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  122 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
On one level, this book is a lively version of Chinese history from 1100 B.C. to the present, through the screen of the dealings of its merchant class. On another level, it is an Arabian Nights tale of scandal, war, politics and, above all, money-making. "To be rich is good," runs an old Chinese proverb. On yet another level, it is a brilliant analysis of the enormous ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1995)
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Jim Awe
Mar 15, 2015 Jim Awe rated it it was ok
A history of how the "offshore" Chinese have thrived for centuries by keeping their networks of family/clan/village intact. There is a whole network of financial support happening underneath the surface and now that many of them are billionaires, who for the most part hide their wealth, it is a very powerful network about to be unleashed on the modern world. The premise and historical explanation of how things evolved is very interesting, but the book as a whole is tough sledding. I think I ...more
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Jan 13, 2011 Nisah Haron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Buku ini ialah terjemahan daripada versi asalnya : Lords of the Rim.

Sebuah buku yang memperkenalkan siapakan bangsa Cina yang berada di luar negara China dan mengapa mereka boleh berjaya. Jaringan hubungan mereka luar biasa dan keadaan telah membentuk jati diri mereka.
Cina sebagai negara yang memiliki jumlah penduduk terbesar di dunia ternyata juga menyimpan potensi sebagai negara nomor satu dalam hal perekonomian. Saat ini Cina sudah menjadi negara dengan perekonomian terbesar ketiga dunia. Bank Dunia meramalkan bahwa Cina bakal menjadi nomor satu. Sejak 1994 tingkat pertumbuhan Cina mencapai 19 persen dan yang lebih mencengangkan ternyata provinsi-provinsi di pesisir Cina Selatan yang merupakan tempat asal sebagian besar Cina Rantau (Overseas Chinese) ...more
Troy Parfitt
Mar 07, 2011 Troy Parfitt rated it liked it
This is a fine little book comprised of, as the Publisher's Weekly review put it, a Chinese merchants' history. If you are wondering what you will find within its pages, the subtitle, The Invisible Empire of the Overseas Chinese, is a good indicator. Lords of the Rim is a tapestry of sorts: a series of case studies and interconnected anecdotes involving overseas Chinese and the often-secret societies they have formed. Sterling Seagrave traces their origins, shows us where they're at presently, ...more
Feb 22, 2008 David rated it it was ok
This was a fascinating look into the communities of emegrent communities around the Pacific Rim. Would, however, that this account felt more like solid journalism or sociological analysis. Alas, this breathlessly conspiratorial feels more like a second-rate Michael Chricton writing faux-non-ficiton than a serious book. For a better look at the underside of China's far-flung clans, consult "Blood Brothers."
Dr. Amiruddin Alauddin
Oct 31, 2012 Dr. Amiruddin Alauddin rated it really liked it
It is a brilliant analysis of the enormous economic power wielded by a widely scattered group of 55 million Chinese merchants who live in self-imposed or government-ordered exile throughout Asia and, currently, in the U.S. and Canada.
Randy Friedlander
Aug 09, 2014 Randy Friedlander rated it it was amazing
This is a primer on Chinese Billionaires, their thinking, methodologies and love/hate relationship between the Chinese moneyed class and the government spanning hundreds (if not thousands) of years. It helps in understanding Chinese money culture that permeates Asia. Brilliantly written.
Though the writer told it in a very convincing way, with a lot of proof and evidence, I found it a bit tricky to believe it 100%. However, this book is quite good, in order to understand "the hands behind the curtain" who moved the economies of Asia.
Sep 07, 2012 Joshua rated it really liked it
At the time I was living/working in the Pacific Rim. I was hooked. I'm not sure it would hold the same interest to anyone not living/working or interested in the Pacific Rim.
Jan 29, 2016 David rated it liked it
Typos and non-eloquence may distract at times but anecdotes about history of definitionally elusive overseas Chinese opens up fresh perspectives.
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