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Social Capital: Two Case Studies of Chinese Small Business in the Greater Phoenix and Los Angeles Areas

Abstract As immigrants in the United States, Chinese small business entrepreneurs often encountered social and cultural barriers in the areas of finance, language, and employment in their new environment. This dissertation investigated how they utilized social capital to surmount the embedded disadvantages of an unequal market in their adopted country. The findings presented in this qualitative descriptive multi-case analysis, conducted in the greater metropolitan regions of Phoenix and Los Angeles, demonstrated the importance of social and transnational ties created in the United States within the local Chinese community as well as their social connections brought from China.

Drawing upon the data from in-depth interviews and informal observation... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Kwoh, Jing Yu Xin Yu Xiao (Author) / Jurik, Nancy (Advisor) / Li, Wei (Committee member) / Johnson, John (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social research
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 263 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Justice Studies 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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