Although the Chinese form only a small fraction of the population of Southeast Asia, they are a minority of crucial importance to the future of many countries, for they control much of the commercial economy of the region. Studies have been published on the Chinese in Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. This book is the first study of the Chinese in Cambodia. The author is an anthropologist, but the book is not written from that perspective alone; it examines the position of the Chinese in Cambodian society from the historical, the economic, the legal, and the demographic points of view as well.
About the author
William E. Willmott is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.