The term Tsinoy encompasses a broad range of Chinese cultural mixture and influence in the Philippines, dating back from before Magellan’s arrival. In More Tsinoy Than We Admit, leading scholars explore how the “Chinese” in Philippine society have helped shape the destiny of the country and the region—over hundreds of years up to the present. From historical pieces focusing on the Spanish times to contemporary Philippine society; from studies on archaeological records to modern cinema; from nation-centered studies to individual biography—these essays on Chinese-Filipino interactions over the centuries lay out the complex reality that Tsinoys have had to navigate, as both more “Chinese” and more “Filipino” than they or we may admit.
This month, Vibal Foundation celebrates the Chinese in the Filipino, or in laymen’s terms the Tsinoy—with the launch of the book More Tsinoy Than We Admit, a collection of essays that not only expound the Chinese story in the Philippines but also capture the Chinese element in the making of the “Filipino” nation.
“It adds to the tapestry we have of Chinese historical influences in Southeast Asia and is also a valuable contribution to our understanding of the region’s history,” notes Wang Gungwu from the National University of Singapore in his foreword.
“What is important insofar as the history of the Chinese in the Philippines is to weave it into the history of the Philippines so that the Chinese are included in the national narrative, not as immigrants and a separate community, but as Filipinos, albeit with Chinese ancestry. This is where this volume is particularly significant as it provides the many stories that could be added to the general history of the Philippines,” says Bernardita Reyes Churchill, Philippine National Historical Society president, in her review of the book.
The book editor for More Tsinoy Than We Admit is Prof. Richard T. Chu, Five College associate professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches courses on the history of the Chinese diaspora, the Philippines, US empire in the Pacific, and Asian-Pacific-Americans. He is the author of Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity, and Culture 1860s–1930s (E.J. Brill, 2010; Anvil 2012) and Chinese Merchants of Binondo during the Late Nineteenth Century (University of Santo Tomas Press, 2010), as well as various articles focusing on the history of the Chinese and Chinese mestizos in the Philippines that center on issues of ethnicity, gender, and nationalism.
Prof. Chu and Vibal Foundation executive director Gus Vibal will be joined by prominent Tsinoy leader Teresita Ang See, Chinese studies scholars, and other special guests during the launch of More Tsinoy Than We Admit on Aug. 19, 2015, 4:00 p.m. at the Bahay Tsinoy of the Kaisa Heritage Center. The event launch is in partnership with Bahay Tsinoy and Chinoy TV as media partner.
Next up for Vibal Foundation is the launch of a special-edition boxed set of the More Than We Admit series. Available in two editions, the first bundle contains More Hispanic Than We Admit, More Pinay Than We Admit, and More American Than We Admit. The second bundle has More Tsinoy Than We Admit, More Hispanic Than We Admit 2, and More Islamic Than We Admit.
The More Than We Admit series of Vibal Foundation’s Academica Filipina imprint is an extended meditation on the hybridity and postmodernity of Philippine identity and culture, presented through a compilation of scholarly essays written by prominent and esteemed local and international scholars. The essays were masterfully chosen and edited by its respective editors to discourse on and argue about the Hispanic, American, Chinese, and Islamic influences in the archipelago, and the role of Pinays in the world we live in today.
The books in the More Than We Admit series offer a wide array of topics encompassing anthropology, religion, sociology, philology, literary criticism, historiography, film and art studies, political science, economics, and personal reminiscences that reveal the paradoxes of hybridity in the Philippines. The series hopes to publish more adventurous scholarly books that are lively and thought-provoking anthologies about the past, present, and future of the Philippines. Each comes with illustrated chapter openers and a folio of color images that are a delight for the mind and the eye.
The special edition boxed sets will be launched at the Vibal booth during the Manila International Book Fair on Sept. 16 to 20, 2015 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
For inquiries and reservations, please call Vibal sales department at 712.9156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Vibal Foundation, visit www.vibalfoundation.org.
About Vibal Foundation
Vibal Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Vibal Group, Inc. aims to nurture Filipino literacy and to help readers access Philippine culture and heritage through different digital and social media platforms. The foundation aims to make a difference by promoting both print and digital literacy, learning, cultural awareness and preservation, and great teaching. This is achieved through collaborations with leading businesses, civic organizations, and other non-profits to increase and diffuse knowledge; share good practices; foster innovation; and find workable solutions to the educational disadvantages facing millions of young people and adults across the Philippines.
Vibal Publishing House
August 18, 2015