“But it is a fact that despite being born and raised in the Philippines, a Filipino-Chinese or Tsinoy would always stick to their own, abhorring any proclivity or opportunity to mix their lives with any foreign culture. A testament to the strength of this would be the historical fact that, even after hundreds of years, generation after generation of Filipino Chinese have resisted the onslaught of western colonial influences that have swept the country. They have successfully retained their distinct Oriental lifestyles, beliefs, traditions and mores, in sharp contrast to the Pinoys, who gradually, even readily, embraced the new influences of Spain, America, and other Western civilizations.” (Lim, David Ernman. Rev. of Afraid to be Chinese, by Xin Mei. www.filipiniana.net/editorpick/index/13110412687277.)
Home is basically the place where family traditions can be found. Therefore understanding this is a big key to opening up a comprehension of the unw...
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...nese traditions. These are the reasons why Chinese traditions are not by any means abstracted by the Filipino traditions around the country. Though it can’t be, by any means be questioned that there are some Filipino traditions that the Chinese Filipino families follow. It is also rather a fact that Chinese traditions are more prominent in their daily lives than that of Filipino. Generation after generation this traditions are passed, parent to child, teacher to student, and etc., it is the strength and loyalty of the older generations that made the unwavering continuity of the Chinese traditions able to be passed down to a child, without the outside influences of the dominating Filipino Society. These Chinese traditions are not just passed on to maintain the strength of it, but it is passed on, with the mentality of an heirloom to the generations that follow.
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