This fourth in a series of studies on the U.S. and China in World Affairs, sponsored by the non-profit, nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations, this book examines the situation of the Chinese minorities scattered throughout Southeast Asia. ""The Jews of the Orient,"" these people (in sum roughly equal to the population of Taiwan) have been called, and certainly, so far as wealth, business acumen, and influence beyond their numbers is concerned, the label is warranted. Current attitudes towards them have been based on the assumption that their sympathies would lie with either mainland or Nationalist China. Professor Williams, however--he is director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Brown University--has a new and highly significant thesis to offer. The overseas Chinese, in his view, may very likely be assimilated into the life of their foster-homes, if only they are given the opportunity. This is a sober, thoughtful piece of scholarship, and not to be dismissed easily. Unfortunately the extensive massacres of resident Chinese in Indonesia escape mention, probably because they occurred so very recently.