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Introduction To Be A "Filipino" And "Chinese" In The Philippines

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The author relates how he had been living in a world in which there was an ethnic divide between Filipinos and Chinese. The hypothesis he sets forth in this book is this: that in the examination of the domestic and everyday practices of Chinese merchants and their families in the Philippines, and focusing on their &t;border-crossing&t; and &t;flexible&t; practices, we can gain better insights into the &t;ethnogenesis&t; of &t;Filipino&t; and &t;Chinese&t; identities in the Philippines. He argues that during the period under study, ethnic categories are better understood as flowing along a shifting and problematic continuum. Drawing on Western and Chinese sources, this chapter discusses certain factors, such as the topography of the Minnan region, the advances made in navigational technology, and Chinese government policy changes, which would help explain the influx of Chinese migrants into the Philippines after the 1850s.

Keywords: Chinese identity; Chinese migrants; Filipino; Minnan region; Philippines



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