THE CHINESE AND CHINESE MESTIZOS OF MANILA
by Richard T. Chu, Anvil Publishing © 2012
For us to understand the Tsinoy as an integral part of the bigger Filipino tapestry, we must first look into the history of the Fujianese [or more specifically—the Minnan] diaspora in Manila. Richard Chu’s magnum opus is not just an enjoyable historical narrative—but also deep reflection on 19th century migrant’s world-view, his struggles, and the waves of “nationalisms” [both Chinese and Filipino] that forced the Tsinoy to constantly re-imagine and re-define his cultural identity.
Highly-recommended to all the Chinese- Filipinos out there who wanted to know and understand more about their cultural roots sans the contrived dramatics of the Mano Po franchise. At least in this case, well-researched history is more exciting than silver-screen fiction. – J.A.A.