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Family, Identity, and Culture, 1860s-1930s
Author: Richard Chu
For centuries, the Chinese have been intermarrying with inhabitants of the Philippines, resulting in a creolized community of Chinese mestizos under the Spanish colonial regime. In contemporary Philippine society, the “Chinese” are seen as a racialized “Other” while descendants from early Chinese-Filipino intermarriages as “Filipino.” Previous scholarship attributes this development to the identification of Chinese mestizos with the equally “Hispanicized” and “Catholic” indios. Building on works in Chinese transnationalism and cultural anthropology, this book examines the everyday practices of Chinese merchant families in Manila from the 1860s to the 1930s. The result is a fascinating study of how families and individuals creatively negotiate their identities in ways that challenge our understanding of the genesis of ethnic identities in the Philippines.

“…[This book] helps contribute to the revision of the existing literature on the Chinese and Chinese mestizos with a new perspective that highlights the emerging field of transnational studies.” - Prof. Augusto Espiritu, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“…the author does an outstanding job and we recommend that citizens of the Philippine ‘nation,’ whether they see themselves as ‘Chinese’ or ‘Filipino’ would do well to read this work and understand the origins of the racial stereotypes that influence the way they look at particular members of Philippine society, particularly in Manila.” - Prof. Ellen Palanca and Prof. Clark Alejandrino, Ateneo de Manila University

" ambitious study of the Chinese and first-generation Chinese mestizos of Manila...[the author] has added valuable research materials from Philippine and American archival collections and...a wide range of published primary sources...The book is meticulously annotated and rich in descriptive detail..." - Michael Cullinane, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Author: R. Chu

CHAPTER SIX RETHINKING THE CHINESE MESTIZOS AND MESTIZAS OF MANILA1 Introduction In the previous chapter, I have described some aspects of the socio-cul- tural practices of Chinese merchant families. The aim of this chapter is to look more intimately into the lives of some Chinese mestizos

In: Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila

-Asian cultural exchange, the larg- est contingent of Asians arrived as sailors on the galleons and smaller vessels ( capitanas , pataches , and almirantes ) that annually plied the long (six months or longer) and perilous return voyage from Manila. Th e seamen were primar- ily Filipinos, Chinese mestizos (known

In: Journal of Chinese Overseas
Author: R. Chu

shareholders of the S.S. Visayas in 1872 included non-Spanish westerners like George Peirce, Chinese mestizos like Lucas Lacson, and Chinese shareholders Yap Juan & Co., Sy Chuangco & Co., Dy Jong, and Sy Giap (Legarda 1999, 329).21 The British-owned Manila Railroad Co. listed the following as

In: Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila
Author: Iping Liang

to the Sung Dynasty. 2 Wickberg claims that the role of the Chinese and Chinese mestizos has been “of great significance to Philippine historical development.” 3 He points out that the Chinese demonstrated their talents in commerce and “rose to prominence as . . . middlemen wholesalers of local

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In: Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives
Author: R. Chu

- mission and deterioration of Filipino-Chinese relations. Manila: Kaisa Para Sa Kaunlaran. Alip, Eufronio Melo. 1936. Catholic faith among sangleys. In China in the Philippines: A reclamation of the unusual racial, commercial and cultural relations of more than ten centuries, ed. A.R. Huang, 123

In: Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila
Author: R. Chu

, but also on the Chinese mestizo population in colonial Manila. Second, my research also takes inspiration from works in cultural anthropology (e.g., Leonard 1992; Oxfeld 1993) that investigate closely the everyday socio-economic practices of families and individuals, especially from marginalized

In: Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila
Author: Jely A. Galang

Mestizosof the Philippines: Towards a New Interpretation .” Philippine Studies 50 , no. 3 ( 2002 ): 327 – 370 . Chu , Richard. Chinese Merchants of Binondo in the Nineteenth Century . Manila : University of Santo Tomas Press , 2010 . 10.4000/archipel.283 Chu , Richard. Chinese and

In: China and Asia
Author: Caroline S. Hau

the abject alien (Ah Tek in Lino Brocka’s Maynila, sa Mga Kuko ng Liwanag [“Manila: In the Talons of Light”]), comic relief (Mike de Leon’s powerful female movie producer-cum-Chinese Mafia agent in Kakabakaba Ka Ba? [“Will Your Heart Beat Faster?”]), and victim (kidnapped in Erik Matti’s Ekis

In: Narrating Race

Catholic Chinese should be restricted to the manila area, since so many Chinese were asking for baptism merely to run away from the close surveillance of manila officials.28 It was too late, as the Chinese and Chi- nese mestizos were already forming the core of the regional towns, build- ing houses in

In: Investing in the Early Modern Built Environment