Asia Policy Faculty Affiliate Amy Liu and former Clements Center Undergraduate Fellow Ethan Masucol, with Jangai Jap, coauthored “Islands Apart: Explaining the Chinese Experience in the Philippines,” which was published by Frontiers, a research publisher and open science platform. Despite China posing a national security threat, there is a general absence of disdain against the Chinese Filipino community in the Philippines, undermining theoretical expectations that there is domestic backlash against the diaspora from the aggressor state. The paper argues that current patterns of minimal discrimination is the product of government-tempered nationalism which highlights positive economic aspects between the two countries. Original survey data, collected speeches by government officials, and interviews with local officials and business leaders are used to test this argument.
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