The Department of History and Philosophy of the College of Social Sciences kicked off its first lecture for the year with the topic "Reconstructing Chinese Catholic Merchant Families: History, Methods and Implications for our Country's Identity." Students and faculty of UP Baguio and members of the Chinese Filipino community in Baguio attended the forum that was held on January 13, 2014.
The speaker, Prof. Richard T. Chu, is a Five College Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and author of the book Chinese and Chinese Mestizos of Manila: Family, Identity, and Culture, 1860s-1930s. His lecture at UP Baguio focused on the negotiated identities of Chinese and Chinese mestizos in the context of Spanish colonial practices such as religious conversion and regulation of social and political life. Prof. Chu also discussed his methodological approach to family history and the array of contemporary issues related to Chinese Filipino identity.