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Chinese Merchant Families: Family, Identity, And Culture In The Early Twentieth Century

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This chapter examines the familial practices of Chinese merchant families during this period. It shows the adaptations made by members of these families in response to their changing local and global environments, in areas that affected the construction of their families and ethnic identities, and their social and domestic practices. The chapter focuses on the following areas: marriage practices, citizenship, education, naming, clothing, language, religion, residence and family composition, lineages, migration practices, inheritance, burial practices, gender roles, and social networks. Examples of counter-hegemonic efforts among Filipino women in China who went to the U.S. consul in Xiamen demanding protection from their Chinese husbands, or among the young members of the two families of Vicente Romano Sy Quia as they fought over his wealth are provided.

Keywords: Chinese Merchant Families; counter-hegemonic efforts; Filipino women; Phillippine marriage practices; twentieth century; Vicente Romano Sy Quia



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