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Ethnic chinese language in Southeast Asia, like Jews in principal Europe till the Holocaust, were remarkably winning as an entrepreneurial minority. complete regimes have occasionally depended on the monetary underpinnings of chinese language company to keep up themselves in strength, and lately chinese language companies have led the force to monetary modernization in Southeast Asia. yet while, they continue to be, because the Jews have been, the critical "outsiders". In a few Southeast Asian nations they're pursuits of majority nationalist prejudices and be afflicted by discrimination, even if they're officially built-in into the kingdom.

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10. I have expanded on this theme in more detail in Modern Tyrants, chapter 11. 2. Charles Maier, The Unmasterable Past: History, Howcaust, and German Na- tional Identity (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1988). 12. Adam B. Ulam, Stalin: The Man and His Era (New York: Viking. 1977), pp. 684, 730-31. 13. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, translated by Ralph Mannheim (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1971), pp. 637-38. 14. Benedict R. Anderson, Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (London: Verso, 1983).

In chapter 5, Karady's account of how urban Hungarian Jews "over- 26 DAN I E L CHI ROT invested" in education helps explain how this last significant Jewish community in Central Europe managed to remain disproportionately important in Hungary's life as the country moved through repeated periods of political turmoil and drastic change from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. It was certainly not just their capital as such that guaranteed this importance, but also the intellectual capital and flexibility of some Jews.

Moreover, there is a growing number of Chinese or partChinese intellectuals, attorneys, doctors, and so on. Kasian, in chapter 3, suggests that this professional segment of the urban Sino-Thai population, particularly its younger members, has been in the forefront of political modernization and the liberalization of Thai society in the 1980s and 1990S. As such, he suggests, it is in the vanguard of the more cosmopolitan, open, and prosperous future that awaits Thailand. CONFLICTING IDENTITIES 27 This is certainly one of the paths that may lead toward the future.

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