The creation of the Asean Bamboo Network
was touted as the most prominent feature of the resolution adopted by participants in the first Asean Bamboo Congress held in Iloilo City this month.
The Philippines has reaffirmed its commitment to promote the use of bamboo as an alternative to wood after regional experts adopted a resolution establishing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Bamboo Network.
Early this month, environment officials, scientists and researchers in Southeast Asia vowed to establish the Bamboo Network that will explore the vast potential of bamboo for environmental sustainability and economic resiliency.
My research findings contrast with and contradict several classic but one-faceted images of the Chinese diaspora in the current literature that see the Chinese as the 'middle-man' in colonial society; or as an immigrant community 'marginalized' in relations to a dominant society; or as a 'bamboo network
' of international business defined by 'Chineseness'.
A new report from Andersen Consulting and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Beyond the Bamboo Network
, says that the traditional strengths of CFBs -- the role of middleman and the reliance on personal relationships -- will matter less than their ability to build markets and acquire new customers.
While it's true that if you call around, put ads in the paper and get in on the bamboo network
you can often find bamboo free for the digging, remember that everything has its price:
Guanxi, or personal connections, can help in dealing with the many layers of bureaucracy in China, and the "Bamboo Network" of ethnic Chinese business families in Southeast Asia can be a big help in serving as a transition.
firms enter China via joint ventures with a Chinese company that is part of the Bamboo Network. The tales of the work ethic of the overseas Chinese are legendary.
Three alternative scenarios are offered by economists Murray Weidenbaum and Samuel Hughes in their new book, The Bamboo Network
: How Expatriate Chinese Entrepreneurs Are Creating a New Superpower in Asia (Free Press, 1996).
His latest book, "The Bamboo Network
" (The Free Press, 1996), is a study of how expatriate Chinese entrepreneurs are creating a new economic superpower in Asia.