About the book:
Switching identities, believing in different religions, dispersing family members– these were but some of the flexible strategies that prominent Chinese merchants in late 19th and early 20th century Manila employed to take advantage of or evade policies created by colonial authorities.
“What would such an historical enterprise accomplish? For one thing, it would encourage us to think of Philippine history writing in new ways. Chu is working within a tradition of global Chinese studies, But he is basically a historian of the Chinese in the Philippines. Could these methods prompt us to think whether we could study Philippine history as a whole, as a history of families, with a theme of social interaction of all the peoples who lived in the Philippines?
In this way, the history of Tsinoys (Chinese-Filipinos) would not be of interest only to those of Tsinoy background,but to all who are committed to the history of the Philippines. The study of Chinese (would be) an integral part of general Philippine historiography.” – Edward Wickberg, Introduction
Publisher: University of Santo Tomas Publishing
Publication Date: 2010
Size: 178 x 153mm
About the author:
Proficient in several languages, Chu was born and raised in the Philippines, but has spent some time in China, and is now based in the United States. While he was the China Project Associate of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Program, he wrote several curriculum units on Chinese history and civilization for grades 6-12 teachers. He has taught at Ateneo de Manila University and University of San Francisco. Presently, he is Five College Associate Professor of History at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches courses on Pacific empires, Philippine colonial history, Asian American history, the Chinese diaspora, and world history.
Professor Chu’s research focuses on the history of the Chinese and Chinese mestizos in the Philippines and the different Chinese diasporic communities in the world, centering on issues of ethnicity, gender, and nationalism.