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Chinese Migrant Traders in Pakse, Champasak Province, Laos: Trajectories and Business Future

  • Wasana La-orngplew
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Abstract

This chapter discusses China’s rising influence in Laos, looking through the presence of Chinese petty traders in Pakse, Champasak Province. The chapter illustrates business trajectories of new Chinese migrant traders as well as the nature of their business operations. It records three different channels that migrants use to start businesses: employing networks of pioneer migrant traders, being a shop assistant to accumulate business capital and networks, and traveling to explore business information and opportunities. The role of migrants’ interpersonal networks and family labor is highlighted as key characteristics of Chinese migrants’ business operations. The chapter goes on to discuss concerns over the future of local business after the arrival of new migrant traders, and explores tensions between the new migrants and the locals. The chapter also discusses concerns raised by Chinese migrant traders on their business future, particularly when Laos and China become more connected via the Laos-China railway.

Keywords

Chinese petty traders Pakse Interpersonal migrant networks Labor 

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Lists of Interviewees

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  3. CF (an owner of an agricultural equipment shop). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, October 3, 2015.Google Scholar
  4. CL (an owner of a Chinese restaurant and a volunteer at the Hunan Chamber of Commerce). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, May 25, 2015.Google Scholar
  5. DF (an owner of home and electrical appliances store). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, April 3, 2016.Google Scholar
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Oversea Chinese

  1. GM (an owner of a hotel, a motorbike spare parts store, and a construction material store). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, April 26, 2015.Google Scholar
  2. GS (an owner of gold stores and the Pakse Chinese Association’s committee). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, March 21, 2015.Google Scholar
  3. KS (an owner of gold shops). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, March 8, 2015.Google Scholar
  4. ZY (an owner of a construction company and the Pakse Chinese Association’s committee). Interview by author, March 21, 2015.Google Scholar

Local Lao

  1. JK (a Lao businesswoman who runs a grocery shop). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, March 7, 2015.Google Scholar
  2. SY (a Lao businessman who owns a motorbike shop). Interview by author. Pakse Laos, October 6, 2015.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wasana La-orngplew
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  1. 1.College of Interdisciplinary StudiesThammasat University (Lampang Campus)LampangThailand

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