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Program of 6th Chinese in Prato and 4th Wenzhouese Diaspora Symposia

You can download the slides [PPT] and audio podcasts of presentations where available by clicking on the links next to each title below.

For the keynote address, a video podcast is also available below.

The program outline as well as full abstracts and author biographical notes can be downloaded from the symposia homepage.

Tuesday 29 October 2013

2.15pm-2.30pm Symposia opening [Audio]

  • Dr Cecilia Hewlett, Director, Monash University Prato Centre, Italy 
  • Professor Simone Guercini, Professor of Management, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy 
  • Dr Agnieszka Weinar, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy
  • Professor Yili Zhang, Professor of Economics, and Dean, School of Business, Wenzhou University, China

2.30pm-4pm Session 1: The Special Case of Prato

Chair: Dr Daniela Toccafondi, PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’ – University of Florence, Italy

1. ‘China’s’ added value and labour market in Prato [PPT] [Audio] [Final report - in Italian]

  • Dr Fabrizio Cipollini, Lecturer in Statistics, Department of Statistics, Informatics, Applications, University of Florence, Italy 
  • Dr Camilla Ferretti, Postdoctoral position, Department of Economics and Social Sciences, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy 
  • Dr Piero Ganugi, Professor of Economic Statistics, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Parma, Italy 
  • Stefano Casini Benvenuti, IRPET (Istituto Regionale per la Programmazione Economica della Toscana), Florence, Italy 
  • Saverio Langianni, Researcher, ASEL s.r.l., Prato, Italy 
  • Stefano Rosignoli, Statistical Researcher, IRPET, Florence, Italy

2. Chinese labour market in Prato. Mobility, transitions, specificities [PPT] [Audio]

  • Dr Franco Bortolotti, Researcher, IRES (Istituto di Ricerche Economiche e Sociali) Toscana, Italy 
  • Dr Fabio Boscherini, Researcher, IRES Toscana, Italy
  • Dr Enrico Fabbri, Researcher, IRES Toscana, Italy 
  • Dr Alberto Tassinari, Researcher and Coordinator of research on immigration, IRES Toscana, Italy

3. Social mobility of Chinese population in Prato [PPT] [Audio]

  • Dr Valentina Pedone, Sinologist, Researcher/lecturer and adjunct professor of Chinese language and literature, University of Florence, Italy

4. Crooked capitalism and the circulation of children: Considerations and consequences [PPT] [Audio]

  • Professor Elizabeth Krause, Professor of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA 
  • Dr Massimo Bressan, President, Iris, Prato, Italy 
  • Fangli Xu, Research assistant, Iris, Prato, Italy

4pm-4.30pm Coffee break

4.30pm-6pm Session 2: The Roles of Networks and Business Practices

Chair: Adjunct Associate Professor Graeme Johanson, Director, Centre for Community Networking Research, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia

1. Ethnography of fast fashion. Chinese entrepreneurs in the industrial district of Prato [PPT] [Audio]

  • Dr Stefano Becucci, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Florence, Italy

2. Global and local business networks in the growth of the Chinese firm in Prato [PPT] [Audio]

  • Professor Simone Guercini, Professor of Management, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy 
  • Matilde Milanesi, PhD candidate, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy 
  • Professor Gabi Dei Ottati, Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy

3. Predatory competition or not? An analysis of births and deaths of Chinese and Italian firms in Prato according to organisational ecology [PPT] [Audio]

  • Professor Luciana Lazzeretti, Professor in Management, School of Management and Economics, Department of Business and Economics, University of Florence, Italy 
  • Dr Francesco Capone, Researcher, School of Management and Economics, Department of Business and Economics, University of Florence, Italy

4. Conflict and balance: The differentiation and reorganisation of the overseas Chinese community in Prato, Italy after the European debt crisis [PPT]

  • Dr Xiaopeng Yan, Dean, College of International Cooperation, and Associate Professor, Wenzhou University, China 
  • Baoling Guo, The Education Bureau of the City of Jiaxing, China 
  • Zhongyuan Su, College of International Cooperation, Wenzhou University, China

6.30pm-8.30pm Welcome reception and screening of 'L'Occupazione Cinese: Made in Prato'

A documentary by Massimo Luconi, produced by D4 with Rai Cinema (in Italian with subtitles in English).
Following the aperitif and institutional welcome, Massimo Luconi himself will introduce the documentary. 

Location: PIN Polo Universitario ‘Città di Prato’, Piazza Giovanni Ciardi 25, Prato, Italy

Wednesday 30 October 2013

9am-10am Keynote address

Chair: Professor Gabi Dei Ottati, Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Economics and Management, University of Florence, Italy 

The social sources of migration and enterprise: Italian peasants and Chinese migrants in Prato [PPT] [Audio] [Video] 

  • Professor Gary G. Hamilton, Henry M. Jackson Professor of International Studies, and Associate Director, Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, Seattle, USA 
  • Mr Donald Fels, Independent scholar

10am-10.30am Coffee break

10.30am-12.15pm Session 3: The Rest of the World

Chair: Professor Yili Zhang, Professor of Economics, and Dean, School of Business, Wenzhou University, China

1. Transnational entrepreneurship and diasporic development: New Chinese immigrants in Singapore and the United States [PPT] [Audio]

  • Professor Min Zhou, Tan Lark Sye Chair Professor of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies and the Walter and Shirley Wang Endowed Chair in US-China Relations & Communications, University of California, Los Angeles, USA 
  • Professor Liu Hong, Tan Kah Kee Endowed Professor of Asian Studies and History, and Chair of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

2. The role of migration in shaping China’s economic relations with its main partners [PPT] [Audio] 

  • Dr Haiyan Zhang, Professor, Antwerp Management School, Belgium

3. Pioneers, greater fools, and bag holders: Disentangling Chinese business networks in Africa [PPT] [Audio]

  • Dr Karsten Giese, Senior Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of Asian Studies, Hamburg, Germany

4. Chinese values and identity: Perceptions of Wenzhou migrants [PPT]

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Graeme Johanson, Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University, Australia 
  • Dr Laura De Pretto, Assistant Professor in Applied Social and Organisational Psychology, University of Nottingham, Malaysia 
  • David Xiong Yong, International Relations Office, Wenzhou University, China

5. Chinese immigration to Italy and economic relations with the homeland: A scalar perspective [PPT]

  • Dr Eduardo Barberis, Sociologist, DESP, University of Urbino ‘Carlo Bo’, Italy 
  • Dr Alberto Violante, Sociologist, DISS, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy

12.15pm-1pm Lunch

1pm-2pm Poster session

1. Wenzhou religious associations in France and their role in the integration of Wenzhou migrants in French society 

  • Junliang Pan, PhD candidate, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes et Centre de recherche sur les civilisations de l’Asie orientale, France

2. ‘Pronto moda’, its competitive advantage and niche markets 

  • Tu Lan, PhD candidate, Department of Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

3. Networks without borders: China in Europe and Europe in China 

  • Violetta Ravagnoli, PhD candidate, Department of History, State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

4. Public discourse on integration and Chinese migrant youth perceptions of integration: Convergence or divergence? Findings, implications, suggestions for follow-up 

  • Adua Paciocco, PhD candidate, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, Australia

5. Schumpeterian entrepreneurship revisited: Chinese entrepreneurs in Prato 

  • Anja Michaela Fladrich, PhD candidate, Monash University, Australia

6. A preliminary study on Chinese migrants’ consumption in Prato 

  • Sara Iacopini, Collaborator, Immigration and Citizenship Department, Municipality of Prato, Italy 
  • Enrico Brandi, Collaborator, Social Observatory, Province of Prato, Italy

7. Perceptions of overseas in Rui’An: Continuity and change 

  • Andrea Scibetta, University of Florence, Italy, and Visiting Scholar, Wenzhou University, China

8. Chinese entrepreneurship in Italy. Two case studies: Chinese family-entrepreneurial activities in the catering sector in Milan and in the district of porphyry in Trento 

  • Dr Nicoletta Bressan, President and General Manager, CIT Network (China-Italy Network Srl)

2pm-3.30pm Session 4: European Union

Chair: Professor Philippe Fargues, Director, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy

1. Chinese entrepreneurs in Germany: Do they really need diaspora networks? [PPT] [Audio]

  • Dr Margot Schüller, Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and Deputy Director of the GIGA, Institute of Asian Studies, Germany 
  • Dr Yun Schüler-Zhou, Associate Research Fellow, GIGA, Institute of Asian Studies, Germany

2. Chinese business communities in Portugal in the context of the economic crisis [PPT] [Audio]

  • Dr Annette Bongardt, Visiting Fellow, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy 
  • Dr Miguel Santos Neves, Professor and Senior Researcher, Universidade Autonoma de Lisboa, Departments of Law and International Relations/Network of Strategic and International Studies, Portugal

3. Chinese student migration and capital accumulation: The case of Chinese business students in France

  • Professor Dr Wei Shen, Associate Dean for China and Professor of International Affairs, ESSCA School of Management, France

4. The research of re-immigration network of Wenzhouese in Europe [PPT]

  • Professor Yili Zhang, Professor of Economics, and Dean, School of Business, Wenzhou University, China

3.30pm-4pm Coffee break

4pm-5.30pm Session 5: Italy

Chair: Dr Valentina Pedone, Sinologist, Researcher/lecturer and adjunct professor of Chinese language and literature, University of Florence, Italy

1. Chinese manufacturing entrepreneurship: A portrait of change in Italy’s industrial districts [PPT]

  • Professor Fabio Sforzi, Department of Economics, University of Parma, Italy
  • Dr Silvia Lombardi, Enterprise Census Unit, Economic Census Division, Censuses, Administrative and Statistical Registers Department, ISTAT (Italian National Institute of Statistics)

2. An evolutionary perspective on migrant entrepreneurship in Italian regions: Spatial concentration, industrial specialisation and mixed embeddedness [PPT]

  • Dr Benedetta Cassani, MEMOTEF Department, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy  
  • Dr Filippo Celata, MEMOTEF Department, University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy 

3. Networks, mobility and media use among Chinese immigrants in Italy

  • Dr Kevin Latham, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, SOAS, University of London, UK

4. An analysis of the formation of Chinese clusters overseas: The case of Wenzhouese businessmen in bag-cluster social networks in Florence

  • Dr Huanhuai Zhou, City College, Wenzhou University, China, and Center of the Study of Wenzhouese Economy of Social Science research base in Zhejiang Province, China
  • Associate Professor Mario Biggeri, Department of Economics and ARCO Lab Action Research for Co-Development, University of Florence, Italy
  • Associate Professor Annalisa Caloffi, Department of Economy and Management, University of Padua, Italy