RICHARD T. CHU
Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila
Family, Identity, and Culture, 1860s-1930s
Leiden and Boston: Koninklijk Brill NV, 2010
This book is an important study, unprecedented in the study of the Chinese and Chinese mestizos of Manila on several counts – in terms of the theme of “the phenomenon of ethnic identity and interethnic relations” and “new paradigms” on the intersections of “family, identity and culture”; and in terms of the use of an impressive collection of source materials in several languages, including archival manuscripts, official publications and published and unpublished sources wherever they could be found (the Philippines and the United States). Equally significant is that it is a study by a historian who has had first-hand experience, through his family history, of what growing up in the Philippines means to him and his family – in other words, what it means to be a “Filipino” and “Chinese” in the Philippines.