by Ellen H. Palanca (General Editor)
Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc.
From the days when they were outcasts working as menial laborers, to the present when some of them have become the most powerful individuals in Philippine society, the Chinese immigrants have been a source of fear and distrust, as well as mystery and fascination, their role in the history of the Philippine nation shrouded in myths and half-truths. Increasingly, however, the Chinese Filipinos, the descendants of these immigrants, have assumed various roles as they integrate into and intervene positively in the mainstream of Philippine society.
Chinese Filipinos tells the story of the Chinese who came and made the Phlippines their home, but it is far more than an ordinary history book. The editors Dr. Eklkeb Palacan, Aristotle Dy, S.J., and Jonathan Chua and numerous authors of the book took over seven years to separate fact from fiction, myth from reality, misunderstanding from truth. In many cases the researchers deliberately disregarded existing published work and chose to work from the ground up, using sources ranging from oral accounts to private documents, in the Philippines as well as in southern China.
The result is a book that reveals startling truths and shatters many previous misconceptions. Designed by Felix Mago Miguel, lavishly illustrated with specially-commissioned photographs Sonny Yabao, Nico Sepe, Jürgen Freund, Lita Puyat, Chester Ong, and Denise Weldon among others, and written by Clinton Palanca with additional text by noted scholars and writers Caroline Hau, Queena Lee-Chua, Benito Lim, Michael Tan, Doreen Yu, and others—it is an invaluable resource for both the Filipinos who wish to understand the history and struggle of this community, as well as for the descendants of the Chinese immigrants today who are in danger of forgetting their past and are often still seeking to forge an identity.
Source: “About the Book”, inside back cover of Chinese Filipinos