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The Minnan Region Of Fujian: History And Society

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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is a cosmopolitan, bustling megalopolis. As Metropolitan Manila, it is home to over 10 million residents (circa 2008), and attracts multitudes of people near and far searching for economic and other opportunities. Most of the Chinese in the Philippines today trace their origins to Fujian province in China. In this chapter the author provides an overview of the history and society of Minnan, the region from which most Chinese traders and merchants who lived or traveled to the Philippines traced their lineages. The author has chosen to highlight various aspects that would provide the readers with some context to better understand the commercial and familial practices of Chinese merchant families in late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial Manila. Several factors arising from the socio-political and economic conditions in the Minnan region help explain the connections and links established between the region and Manila.

Keywords: Chinese; Manila; Philippines



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