Developing Entrepreneurship Under the Rise of China: Chinese Migrant Entrepreneurs in Tourism-Related Businesses in Chiang Mai

  • Aranya Siriphon


This chapter explores the recent Chinese migrant entrepreneurs in tourism-related businesses in Chiang Mai and proposes two main findings. First, the Chinese migrant entrepreneurs are part of an emergent entrepreneurial class of Chinese capitalism that apply both modern and western-style managerial practices and organizational structures, as well as unique strategies such as diversifying, developing social capital, and redefining guanxi. Second, Chinese and Thai state policies differ significantly. While the Chinese government proactively advances policies and strategies to encourage Chinese businesses abroad, the Thai government is slow to respond to increasing flow of transnational Chinese entrepreneurs which leads to competition with Thai entrepreneurs who are increasingly impacted.


Chinese migrant entrepreneurs Chinese entrepreneurship Tourism-related business Business diversification Emergent entrepreneurial class 


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  • Aranya Siriphon
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  1. 1.Faculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand

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