Yiwu, China: A Study of the World’s Largest Small Commodities Ma


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Yiwu, China: A Study of the World's Largest Small Commodities Market

Author: Mark Jacobs
Order No. 1128 
ISBN-13: 9781622460229
ISBN-10: 1622460227
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Homa & Sekey Books
Pub Year: 2016
Pages: xiv, 333
Language: English
Size: 6 x 9
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China continues to be a puzzling place, with the specifics of its development still poorly understood. Few have delved deeply into deciphering the ground-level intangibles of the nation’s recent socio-economic past. In this book, Mark Jacobs, a Fulbright Scholar, presents an in-depth study of Yiwu, Zhejiang, a place known throughout China as the nation’s  “small commodities city.” Yiwu encompasses over 60,000 bazaar-like stalls, where, each day, thousands of traders from throughout China and the world buy goods that supply the ubiquitous dollar stores and other merchandisers. Yiwu’s rise was emblematic of China’s success; the challenges it is currently facing portray China’s recent difficulties. The book outlines these successes and difficulties, doing so by integrating the views of those directly involved, drawn from hundreds of interviews, conducted over a six-year period. Based on interview results, the book also offers suggestions regarding how Yiwu (and by proxy, China) might continue to progress.


Mark Jacobs is a true Sinophile, having spent most of his adult life in Asia (the majority in China), living, studying and working. He previously served as an intern with the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service in Shanghai, as an economic officer with the American Institute in Taiwan, as a marketing consultant in Malaysia, and as a professor at China’s Shandong and Renmin Universities’ Schools of Business. He currently lives near Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife, daughter and son, writing and theorizing about China’s future. This is his first book, which is based on his multi-year research experiences in Yiwu, Zhejiang as a Cornell University Ph.D. candidate, Fulbright Scholar, and professor.


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