The Chinese Community of Manila: A Study of Adaptation of Chinese Familism to the Philippine Environment

Amyot, Jacques

     The goal of this dissertation is to define Chinese familism and its function in relation to the Manila Chinese community. Before tackling this, the author provides background information on aspects of the China mainland home tradition of the Philippine Chinese that have a bearing on their pattern of emigration and social behavior in the Philippines. These relate primarily to their lineage organization and distribution in China. The pattern of emigration itself and the relationship of dependence of the Manila Chinese community on its home communities in China for recruitment and problems of adaptation faced by members of the Manila Chinese community are is also described. The author defines Chinese familism as a conception of the nature of the kin group, the relationships of its members, and the obligations that follow them. . . . Several levels of social organization resulting from familism as a way of life [are] distinguished: the clan, the lineage, the circle of close kin or non-residential extended family, the residential extended family, and the conjugal family. These divisions are the subject of a detailed analysis that makes up the remainder of the dissertation.

Fred Eggan