About the book:
Philippine mestizos (people of mixed ancestry) form an important sub-group of the Filipino elite, but their Chineseness was occluded as they disappeared into the emergent Filipino nation. In the twentieth century, mestizos defined themselves and bases claims to privilege on white ancestry, but mestizos are now actively reclaiming their Chinese heritage. At the same time, so-called pure Chinese are parlaying their connections into cultural, social, symbolic, or economic capital, and leaders of mainland Chinese state companies have entered into politico-business alliances with the Filipino national elite. As the meanings of Chinese and Filipinos evolve, intractable contradictions are appearing in the concepts of citizenship and national belonging.
Through an examination of cinematic and literary works, The Chinese Question shows how race, class, ideology, nationality, territory, sovereignty, and mobility are shaping the discourses of national integration, regional identification, and global cosmopolitanism.
Publisher: Ateneo de Manila University Press
Publication Date: 2014
Size: 230 x 155mm
About the author:
Caroline Sy Hau is a Chinese-Filipino author known for her work on Filipino culture and literature and for her books Elites and Ilustrados in the Philippines and Necessary Fictions: Philippine Literature and the Nation, 1946—1980 . She has edited several anthologies: Elite, a literary anthology, Querida and Remembering/Rethinking EDSA.