[Blueboard] Kritika Kultura Lecture Series

Department of English doe at admu.edu.ph
Fri Jul 6 11:30:22 PHT 2012

KRITIKA KULTURA, A Refereed E-Journal of Language, Literary/Cultural Studies
                     Department of English
                 Ateneo de Manila University




                    PROF. RICHARD T. CHU
                    Department of History
              University of Massachusetts-Amherst

"Opium Smokers, Slave Holders, Hardworking Laborers: Racial Discourse on
         the "Chinaman" in Early-Twentieth Century Philippines"

                    July 6, 2012, 4:30-6pm
                    Leong Hall Auditorium

About the Lecture:

Based on hundreds of newspaper articles from major publications in Manila
at the turn of the twentieth-century, this lecture explores and analyses
the different images, reports, and descriptions of the "Chinaman." Most of
these articles are police notes, and hence deal with different crimes
committed by or against Chinese individuals living in Binondo and its
premises. An examination of the details found in such reports leads to a
fascinating picture of quotidian life in Manila at a time of great
political change and to broader questions related to the race, ethnicity,
gender, and empire.

The Lecturer:

Richard T. Chu received his A.B. from Ateneo de Manila University (1986),
his M.A. from Stanford University (1994), and his Ph.D. from University of
Southern California (2003). His research focuses on the history of the
Chinese and Chinese mestizos in the Philippines and the different Chinese
diasporic communities in the world, centering on issues of ethnicity,
gender, and nationalism. He has published several articles, including
"Rethinking the Chinese Mestizos of the Philippines" (in Shen and Edwards,
"Beyond China: Migrating Identities, Centre for the Study of the Chinese
Southern Diaspora", ANU, 2002), "The 'Chinese' and 'Mestizos' of the
Philippines:  Towards a New Interpretation" (Philippine Studies Journal,2002);
"The 'Chinaman' Question: A Conundrum in U.S. Imperial Policy in the
Pacific" (Kritika Kultura, 2006); and "Filipino Americans in
Boston/Massachusetts" (Institute of Asian American Studies, University of
Massachusetts, Boston, 2007).

His book "The Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity,
and Culture 1860s-1930s" (E.J. Brill, 2010) examines and analyzes the
familial and business practices of Chinese merchant families as they
negotiated the attempts of colonial governments to control them. An
offshoot from the first, his second book is entitled "Chinese Merchants
of Binondo in the Nineteenth Century," published by the University of
Santo Tomas Press (2010). His third book project is called "Building a
Nation, Effacing a Race: The Making and Unmaking of Filipino and Chinese
Identities in the Philippines," and for which he received a University
Faculty Research Grant. This next project looks into the discourse of
Chinese identities in print media, and the construction of the Chinese as
an ethnic "Other." He also received a grant from the Institute of Asian
American Studies at UMass Boston to conduct and publish his research on the
Filipino-Americans in Boston/Massachusetts.

Proficient in several languages, Chu was born and raised in the
Philippines, but has spent some time in China, and is now based in the
United States. While he was the China Project Associate of the Stanford
Program on International and Cross-Cultural Program, he wrote several
curriculum units on Chinese history and civilization for grades 6-12
teachers. He has taught at Ateneo de Manila University and University of
San Francisco. Presently, he is Five College Associate Professor of History
at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches courses on Pacific
empires, Philippine colonial history, Asian American history, the Chinese
diaspora, and world history.

Lifted from the http://www.umass.edu/history/people/faculty/chu.html.

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