Ethnic Economies and Globalization: Ethnic Economies and Globalization
What drives different ethnic groups to open businesses and why are some more “successful” in entrepreneurship than others? How do different groups finance their businesses and does the U.S. government help some open firms? How is racial conflict over business competition related to global factors? This course bridges the topics and literatures of globalization, development, urban studies, the sociology of entrepreneurship and race, and Asian American studies to explore connections between ethnic entrepreneurship and globalization. We examine how U.S.-located ethnic entrepreneurship is impacted by diplomatic ties, globalization of banking and telecommunications, foreign investment, trade, transnationalism, diasporic institutions, gentrification, deindustrialization, and immigration. In the process students become familiar with 1) examples of business patterns among ethnic groups; 2) relationship between entrepreneurship and employment opportunities; 3) differences between ethnic enclaves, ethnoburbs, and ethnic economies, and 4) data used by those studying and working in business, economic and urban development, finance, and immigration.