Sharing care through volunteering

Volunteering is not an uncommon undertaking in the Chinese-Filipino community. Volunteer fire brigades and charitable organizations are almost always the first to respond to emergency calls and offer sustainable help in disaster situations. One such organization is Care Caravan (華福關懷列車), a social outreach organization of Chinese Christians that targets marginalized groups in Philippine society. In …

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Chinese in Korea, PH: So alike, yet not quite

Ed’s note: Condensed and revised from the original paper presented at the 2015 Regional Conference organized by International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, with the theme “East Asia and the Chinese Overseas.” The full academic paper will appear in the upcoming issue of TCEA Journal. Like the Chinese in the Philippines, the Chinese …

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When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (22)

Hokkien, on the tongues of Tsinoys, has grown and evolved, taking on a life of its own. Sometimes words simply fail us. With some creativity, Tsinoys have strung together words to form colorful phrases that simply hit the bull’s eye. Here are some expressions unique to Hokkien as favored by Tsinoys. Idioms, expressions Hokkien pronunciation …

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Malolos’ Kamestisuhan could rival Vigan’s Mestizo District as heritage site

Mention of cultural heritage often brings to mind our colonial structures from the Spanish era to the American period, never mind if there’s such a thing as audiovisual heritage, heirloom cuisine or prehistoric engineering. It’s because these structures are often monumental, concrete in the mind, present throughout the country and have been there since time …

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