Chinese business. How to achieve this was the subject of much discussion, which has been more fully summarized in the spring 1996 issue of Chinese Business History. 5 There was general agreement that more problem-oriented studies of business activities are essential. As Hao succinctly puts it, "The main business of Chinese business history is business in history" (p. 122). But there was also recognition that attention must be paid to the context. Zelin makes a strong case for understanding the legal context. A similar case could be made for understanding the religious context. Chan insists that this context must be understood historically, not theoretically. At this point, exactly how the field develops cannot be projected by any theory or model but will certainly take its cues from what has gone before, as indicated by the research reviewed in the following essays. It will also be informed by the developments in Chinese business in the Pacific Rim and in the global economy. These developments are rooted in a complex history that demands further clarification.