The Huaqiao Warriors: Chinese Resistance Movement in the Philippines, 1942-45

The Huaqiao Warriors: Chinese Resistance Movement in the Philippines, 1942-45

The Huaqiao Warriors: Chinese Resistance Movement in the Philippines, 1942-45

The Huaqiao Warriors: Chinese Resistance Movement in the Philippines, 1942-45

Synopsis

Among the extremely limited English language literature on the Chinese resistance movement in the Philippines during the Japanese occupation, this book is unique in making use of documents from the United States National Archives, supplemented by memorials and articles recently published in China and the Philippines.

Excerpt

Over the course of time, Filipinos have tended to stereotype and denigrate the Chinese in their midst, depicting them not just as grasping and disloyal, but as essentially cowardly: "they don't care who owns the cow as long as they get to milk it." in writing Philippine history, the Chinese immigrants and their descendants are acknowledged in discussions of economic development, but they tend to disappear when it comes to political history, especially those great crucibles in which the nation's identity was forged, the Revolution and the Second World War. Thus by implication the Philippine Chinese are denied a role in the formative martial events of Philippine history, and, indirectly, the political rights arising from these nationalist struggles.

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