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Guanxi and Regulation in Networks: The Yunnanese Jade Trade between Burma and Thailand, 1962–88

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 October 2004

Wen-Chin Chang
The Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies of the Academia Sinica in Taibei. Her e-mail contact is


The article investigates the operation of the jade trading networks from Burma to Thailand during the period of the Burmese socialist regime. The trade, a significant ethnic enterprise undertaken by Yunnanese migrants, has relied on transnational networks that deal with different political and economic systems beyond the jurisdiction of the state. The network approach is used to analyse the intertwining of guanxi formation and regulatory observance.

© 2004 The National University of Singapore

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