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Guilt Trip to China

Richard Chu

in Cultural Curiosity

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520223400
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223400.003.0008
Guilt Trip to China

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Richard Chu was the only son of the seven children of ethnic Chinese parents living in the Philippines. He details why his grandparents relocated in the Philippines in 1938, and discusses the various reasons for, and the constraints experienced by, Chinese in obtaining Filipino citizenship. Richard was raised by a Filipino nanny, so he was more fluent in Tagalog. However, his parents wanted all of their children to speak Hokkien. Richard details how his mother perceives Filipinos. He studied in an exclusive Catholic boys' school with a great reputation for academic excellence among the Chinese. Although Richard got increasingly assimilated into Filipino culture, he did not completely forget or abandon his Chinese heritage. He visited his relatives and ancestral home in China, and then shared his discoveries and feelings. Richard explains that one's identity is capable of being constructed, invented, or manipulated.

Keywords: Richard Chu; ethnic Chinese parents; Philippines; Filipino citizenship; Tagalog; Filipino nanny; Hokkien; identity; Chinese heritage

Chapter.  6618 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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