Tsinoy Culture

Chinese Buddhist temples of the Philippines (1)

This is the first of a series about the Chinese Buddhist temples of the Philippines. There are around 36 in different parts of the country. Much of the information is from a thesis of Venerable Chuanmiao (Hsuan Chuang University, 2008), a Buddhist monk affiliated with the Thousand Buddha Temple in Quezon City.—Ed. Chinese temples dot …

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Relative Finder: Breast pocket patch

A relative-finding quest can trigger chain reactions which sometimes go on and on. Our family had a reunion with long-lost China relatives in 2010. The reunion’s itinerary included meeting family friends with the same Chinese surname Chan (曾 Zeng). That meeting sparked yet another successful search for a friend’s family. While scouring letters and photographs …

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Lions of Mingsheng Wenyang

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest, January 19-February 1, 2016. | The lion dance is fast becoming an integral part of Manila’s cultural landscape. At the forefront of the revitalized lion dance scene is a new generation of Tsinoy sports associations, which uphold the values of authentic tradition, professionalism and inclusivity. In this issue, …

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Architecture of the Manila Chinese Cemetery

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest | November 1-14, 2016 | vol. 29 | No. 11 | The vast necropolis in the north of Manila’s Sta. Cruz district, consisting of the North, La Loma and Chinese cemeteries, is a veritable museum to the evolution of Western and Chinese architectural styles and their adaptation and …

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The case of Chieng Liang-un: Buddhist, laborer, undocumented

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest, September 20-October 3, 2016 | vol. 29, No. 8 issue | Originally titled “Buddhist, Laborer, Undocumented: The Case of Chieng Liang-un in Leyte, 1891.” | The case of Chieng Liang-un is contained in one of the Chinos bundles (SDS 13044) at the National Archives of the Philippines. His …

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When words fail, use idioms…Hokkien style (27)

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino DigestSeptember 6-19, 2016 | vol. 29 | No. 7 issue 放屎糊壁邊 pang sai ko pia pen wipe bowel on the wall grossly insulting gesture 掛羊頭賣狗肉 kua yun t’ao bue kao ba hanging goat’s head but selling dog’s meat doing dishonest business 賬簿隔格 siao p’o ke k’ang drawing lines on …

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When words fail, use idioms… Hokkien style (102)

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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