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Gender and the South China MiracleTwo Worlds of Factory Women$
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Ching Kwan Lee

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520211254

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520211254.001.0001

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Economic Restructuring and the Remaking of the Hong Kong-Guangdong Nexus

Economic Restructuring and the Remaking of the Hong Kong-Guangdong Nexus

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(p.36) Chapter Three Economic Restructuring and the Remaking of the Hong Kong-Guangdong Nexus
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Gender and the South China Miracle
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Ching Kwan Lee

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520211254.003.0003

The economic dynamism since the late 1980s of the south China manufacturing region has been founded on a regional history of tenacious social and economic ties between two societies adopting opposing systems of political economy—a colony of Britain claimed by some as the haven of laissez-faire capitalism and its neighboring Chinese province ruled by one of the world's largest socialist states. These connections have survived more than a century of political changes and international transfers of sovereignty. The change in China's strategy of national economic development from self-reliance to an emphasis on active absorption of foreign investment coincided with the emergence of bottlenecks in Hong Kong's economy, particularly the shortage of cheap labor for its labor-intensive export production. It was east-west commerce in that period that made Canton (today's Guangzhou) and Hong Kong the bones of contention between the Chinese and foreign interests led by the British.

Keywords:   China, Britain, capitalism, sovereignty, foreign investment, bottlenecks, Hong Kong, economy, labor, Guangzhou

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