The past two decades have witnessed an unprecedented surge of globalization marked by three levels of closely related activities: frequent and large-scale meetings of various Chinese shetuan from different corners of the globe; the formation of permanent international associations; and, most importantly, the extensive uses of such venues and organizations to facilitate business and socio-cultural ties among the Chinese diaspora as well as between them and their compatriots in qiaoxiang. Summing up, the globalization of Chinese voluntary associations is the product of their own adaptive nature and a relatively favourable politico-economic environment. But the convergence of these two factors has not only propelled the process and provided enduring momentum for its continued growth, it has also determined the specific functions (and limitations) of this globalization.
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|Published - Sept 1998