Center for West Visayan Studies Director, Dr. Randy M. Madrid, is one of the Philippine delegates to the 10th International Conference on Studies of Chinese Overseas co-sponsored by the International Society for the Study of the Chinese Overseas (ISSCO), China Institute for the Chinese Overseas Studies, and School of International Studies/Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies held in Jinan University, Guangzhou, China on November 9-11, 2019. The theme for this year’s Conference is “Chinese Overseas and China: Through a Global Lens”. Around three hundred fifty participants around the globe participated in the Conference.
The Philippine delegation is headed by Teresita Ang See of Kaisa Heritage Center in Intramuros, Manila. Madrid presented a paper entitled: “Chinese Communities in the Urbanization of Iloilo City, Philippines: History, Identity and Cultural Formations”, which is part of the panel: “The Chinese in Philippine Life: New Studies on the Chinese in the Provinces and Chinese Criminals”. The panel also includes: “The Chinese in the Visayas” by Carmelea Ang See of De La Salle University, “The Chinese in the Philippines’ Spanish Colonial Frontier in the South, 1850-1900” by Ma. Christina Canones of Ateneo de Zamboanga, and “Chinese from the Philippines, 1883-1898” by Dr. Jely Galang of Department of History, UP Diliman. The other topics presented and discussed in the Conference include Chinese overseas diaspora, Chinese business, entrepreneurship and cultural networks, museums and cultural centers of Chinese overseas, cultural connections and genealogical search, identity and representations in global media, Chinese language learning and formation of community, racial conflicts and security dilemma, Chineseness and social mobility in transnational world, and religion in the Asian belt road corridor.
The three-day Conference culminates with a city tour of Guangzhou, where participants got an opportunity to visit Cantonese heritage sites such as the Western Han Museum and Mausoleum of the Nanyue King, Yuexiu Park, Beijing Road Business District, Li Zhi Bay, Chen Clan Academy, and Canton Tower, the fourth tallest structure in the world. (With sources from Randy M. Madrid)