Ambition And Identity: Chinese Merchant Elites In Colonial Manila, 1880-1916


by Wilson, Andrew R.

Ambition And Identity: Chinese Merchant Elites In  Colonial Manila, 1880-1916

Price:  US$84.70   (SGD110.00*)
Format:  Hard Cover, 304 pages
Published:  2004, USA, 1st Edition
ISBN:  0824826507
SB#:  034981 (150)

About This Book

Drawing on Chinese, Spanish and American sources and applying a broad range of historiographical approaches, this volume dissects the structures of authority and identity within Manila's Chinese community over a period of dramatic socioeconomic change and political upheaval. It reveals the ways in which wealthy Chinese merchants dealt in not only goods and services, but also political influence. Manila's Chinese elite manipulated the aspirations and prejudices of the colonial rulers and the desires of China's government to satisfy their own ambitions and further the security and prosperity of those under their leadership. Rather than having institutions and ethnic distinctions imposed on them by the colonial regime or by Beijing, or simply replicating strategies from their native-places, they demonstrated a subtle hand in constructing the identities that largely defined what it was to be "Chinese" in colonial Manila.


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