Skip to main content

30% Off New Releases: Explore the List

Harvard University Press - home
Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development in China and India

Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development in China and India

Edited by Peter F. Geithner, Paula D. Johnson, and Lincoln C. Chen

ISBN 9780674018617

Publication date: 09/06/2005

Diaspora philanthropy is not a new phenomenon. But in an era of accelerated globalization, the relationship between diaspora philanthropy and the economic and social development of many countries is increasingly relevant. Modern diasporas are diverse and continually shifting; more people are moving more rapidly, more easily, and over greater distances than ever before. This is certainly true of recent migrants from China and India to the United States. In Silicon Valley, Asian Americans are estimated to constitute over 30 percent of the highly paid scientific and engineering workforce and represent one-third of the region's millionaires. As their wealth has grown, so too has their charitable giving—both to their old as well as to their new countries of residence.

This volume aims to advance understanding of diaspora philanthropy in the Chinese American and Indian American communities, especially the implications for development of the world's two most populous countries.


  • Diaspora Philanthropy offers a particularly exhaustive discussion of the diversity of initiatives through which immigrants are trying to contribute to development...The book includes a useful annotated bibliography and a summary of the sessions and debates that took place during the workshop. In sum, it is a detailed report of the philanthropic practices of Chinese and Indian Americans that may be particularly useful for researchers in this area.

    —Isidro Maya Jariego, Voluntas


  • Peter F. Geithner is Advisor to the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and the former Director of Asia Programs at the Ford Foundation.
  • Paula D. Johnson is Senior Research Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Lincoln C. Chen is President of the China Medical Board.

Book Details

  • 416 pages
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University