China attracts diaspora investment and innovation

Mark Sidel

As the Chinese diaspora diversifies, so too is its giving, dramatically expanding the traditional model of small-scale philanthropy.

Over a decade ago, in the groundbreaking volume Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development in China and India (2005, edited by Peter Geithner and colleagues), the picture of the Chinese diaspora giving back to China was mostly small-scale – family gifts back to villages and clans to support health clinics and schools, for example.

In the years since, that family-based giving back to localities in China has dramatically expanded.

But it has been joined by new forms of diaspora giving, often in much larger amounts, in a diversification of diasporic engagement which we are seeing in other countries as well.

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