Chinese Private Entrepreneurs Who Became Members of the Communist Party

  • Author: Taehee Yoon
  • Publication Date: March / 2021
  • Publisher: SNUPRESS

This book analyzes the state-private entrepreneur relationship in reform-era China through the case of party-building in the private business sector by entrepreneurs from Yueqing in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, who mainly dealt in the wholesale and retail trade of clothing, fabric, and shoes. Private entrepreneurs who had succeeded in Beijing and accumulated wealth had all become members of the communist party and called the party organization they belonged to, the First Working Committee, their home. Private entrepreneurs who became party members were provided various services required for the growth and development of their enterprises through party organizations built with the sponsorship of the local government in Yueqing in 1995 and also protect their profits legally.


Author Bio

Taehee Yoon (尹太熙)

Taehee Yoon received his B.A. in English Language and Literature at Fudan University and M.A. and Ph.D. in International Studies at SNU GSIS. He has worked as a lecturer at SNU GSIS and a visiting scholar at the School of Management, Shandong University, and currently works as a research professor at SNU GSIS. Major publications include “From Gray to Red: Party Building and the Transformation of Beijing’s Zhejiangcun” (co-authored with Jong-Ho Jeong, 2020), “Bedfellows with Different Dreams” (co-authored with Jong-Ho Jeong, 2018), “An Analysis of Korean Firms’ Responses to the Changing Business Environment in the Xi Jinping Era -A Case Study on the Firms in Qingdao-” (2020), “The Party Organization in Private Sector and State-Private Entrepreneur Relations in Reform Era China: Focusing on the case of the party organization for migrant private entrepreneurs in Beijing” (2019), and “Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Coordinated Development and Its Influence on the State-Private Entrepreneur Relationship: A Case Study of Fengtai District in Beijing” (2018).