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Diaspora and Trust: Cuba, Mexico, and the Rise of China

By
Adrian H. Hearn
Adrian H. Hearn

Adrian H. Hearn is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Melbourne and the author of Cuba: Religion, Social Capital, and Development, also published by Duke University Press.

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Duke University Press
ISBN electronic:
978-0-8223-7458-9
Publication date:
2016

In Diaspora and Trust Adrian H. Hearn proposes that a new paradigm of socio-economic development is gaining importance for Cuba and Mexico. Despite their contrasting political ideologies, both countries must build new forms of trust among the state, society, and resident Chinese diaspora communities if they are to harness the potentials of China’s rise. Combining political and economic analysis with ethnographic fieldwork, Hearn analyzes Cuba's and Mexico's historical relations with China, and highlights how Chinese diaspora communities are now deepening these ties. Theorizing trust as an alternative to existing models of exchange—which are failing to navigate the world's shifting economic currents—Hearn shows how Cuba and Mexico can reformulate the balance of power between state, market, and society. A new paradigm of domestic development and foreign engagement based on trust is becoming critical for Cuba, Mexico, and other countries seeking to benefit from China’s growing economic power and social influence.

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