Guanxi and the organization of Chinese New Year festivals in England.

Fu, Y., Long, P. and Thomas, R., 2014. Guanxi and the organization of Chinese New Year festivals in England. Event Management, 18 (3), pp. 247-263.

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DOI: 10.3727/152599514X13989500765682

Abstract

This article explores how Chinese diaspora communities use guanxi, a uniquely Chinese interpretation of personal relationships, in the organization of Chinese New Year (CNY) festivals in England. A case-study approach that incorporated mixed qualitative methods was used to investigate the interactions and interrelationships between the ethnic Chinese communities involved in the organization of CNY festivals in five English cities. The article argues that Chinese diaspora communities use their guanxi to establish collaboration at CNY festivals. However, the process of organizing CNY festivals has also exposed divisions among Chinese communities. The article proposes that guanxi has important implications for the relationships among Chinese diaspora communities in the context of CNY festivals. Although it facilitates collaboration and promotes solidarity among Chinese communities, it may also intensify competition for power. Diaspora festivals in general are a neglected area of research and this article is the first to study the organization of Chinese New Year festivals in detail.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1525-9951
Uncontrolled Keywords:Diaspora community festivals ; Chinese New Year ; Guanxi
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:22952
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:07 Dec 2015 16:42
Last Modified:02 Aug 2016 11:53

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