The Chinese in Silicon Valley examines the complex and ever-growing role of Chinese American scientists and engineers in Silicon Valley. Globalization brings workers from many different countries and cultures together, impacting more than just their work environments. The Chinese who settle in Silicon Valley must learn to prosper despite changes in cultural identity, family life, and often citizenship. They learn how to utilize new social networks and make sense of a shifting ethnic identity. This informative book presents important new knowledge on the connection between Chinese ethnicity and highly-skilled labor and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. Secondary statistical data combined with primary personal interview data makes this a detailed and interesting study of globalization, social networks, and ethnic identity.
Bernard P. Wong is professor of anthropology at San Francisco State University.
Chapter 1 The Asian Century and the Rise of Globalization and Transnationalism Chapter 2 The Nature of the Chinese in Silicon Valley: An Ethnic Community of High-Tech Chapter 3 Globalization and Social Networks in the Silicon Valley Chinese Community Chapter 4 Establishing Roots in America Chapter 5 Globalization and Social Differences in the Community Chapter 6 The Social Costs and Benefits of Globalization: Family Life and Social Adjustments Chapter 7 Globalization and Ethnic Identity: How Does Globalization Affect the Identity of the Chinese in Silicon Valley? Chapter 8 Conclusions: Globalization, Citizenship, Social Networks, and Identity