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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #60 on: July 21, 2013, 11:12:17 PM »
History of the Ancient Chinese State of Tan



Foundation:
n 1046 BCE, Zhou, the last king of the Shang Dynasty, was defeated at the Battle of Muye by King Wu, founder of the Zhou Dynasty. Following this victory, he founded a number of small subordinate vassal states  to be ruled by his brothers and generals. One of these was the State of Tan, which was located just east of present-day Jinan, the capital of the present-day Shandong Province. The Tan rulers, who were reputed to be descendants of Yu the Great (the legendary ancient king and founder of the Xia Dynasty), were given the then-new heredity title of zijue (tzu-chueh (子爵), viscount).


Demise:
In February 684 BCE, when rulers of neighboring states went to congratulate Duke Huan of Qi, ruler of the neighboring State of Qi, on defeating the State of Lu and the State of Song, Xian Li, the ruler of Tan did not go.

In October later that year, the Qi ruler used this discourtesy as an excuse to attack Xian Li and his three brothers. After ten days, his siege was successful, and the Tan ruler fled with 200 members of the royal family to the State of Ju, where his son, Qi Yi (祁義), was the ruler. Qi Yi was the first to change his clan name to Tan in memory of defeated state.


The Ancient State of Tan, an ally of the state of Zhou.


Reference: Wiki



Interesting. Then one thing is universal of the Tan, we are migratory. The progenitor of the Surname was not actually from Southern China, but hailed from Northern China near Shandong. And through the cycling times, descendents moved / migrated south to what is now present-day Canton region of China.

They didn't stop there. Some even made their way to the Philippines and made genetic contributions to the local population. ;D

The beauty of Human Migration.


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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #61 on: July 21, 2013, 11:21:11 PM »
Cultural Artifacts of the Ancient Tan State:



A ritual food container, circa 1040 BCE. Its over 3,000 years old.


Bronze cups, created in the State of Tan


Fine vases, circa 1000 BCE



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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #62 on: July 21, 2013, 11:23:30 PM »
Even before Rome was founded as a settlement in 753 BCE, the State of Tan was already established some 3 centuries prior.

Amazing isn't it? 8)

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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #63 on: July 21, 2013, 11:30:15 PM »
How did the people of Ancient Tan dress like?




Man and Woman dressed in ancient regalia of the ancient Zhou and Tan State


Beautiful..

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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #64 on: August 27, 2013, 11:27:42 PM »
You can't blame the Chinese for succeeding since not only do they have those good qualities but the Chinese, are one of the ancient civilizations that provided the world the most crucial technological innovations which other ancient civilizations have ever surpassed...   

Yes, you're right about the historical aspect. The Chinese influenced the modern Philippine culture through language, food, even technological aspects. That is what makes the modern Filipino identity a rather unique and beautiful amalgamation of different races, cultures, and language. There is a fusion of Malay, Chinese, Spanish, and other asian ethnicities, which results in the Filipino identity.

China and the Philippines have strong bond be it historical and geographical proximity. We look forward to a prosperous future with each other. May God Bless the Philippines and China. May our two peoples always share and exude brotherly affection and peace. 8)

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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #65 on: August 27, 2013, 11:34:17 PM »
In those days, being Chinese was looked down upon. Many native Filipinos used to hold a racist and prejudiced outlook towards the Chinese. For being so successful.

Now a days, it's reverse, (here in chinese soil) thou they deny it, you can feel it.

It depends on the family and the people, i would say. My grandmother was open minded enough to marry a non-Chinese. There are Chinese-Filipino families that are accepting of marrying local people and assimilating. Why, most of the Chinese-Filipinos have converted to the local religion of the land (Roman Catholicism) , some are more fluent in Tagalog or Binisaya than Cantonese, Hokkien or Mandarin.

But there are others who prefer to keep everything Chinese. This is true, and it is in part due to the conservatism found in Chinese family culture. There is an emphasis in knowing one's identity and history. It is built within the Chinese psyche, particularly in reference to honoring one's ancestors and progenitors.

However, I would say that for the most part, the Chinese-Filipinos have assimilated into the Filipino Culture.

And what a great fusion it is. 8)

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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #66 on: August 27, 2013, 11:36:42 PM »
The current Primate of the Philippines, His Eminence Cardinal Tagle's mother is Chinese. The former Cardinal Sin was also of part Chinese stock. The current President Aquino is also part Chinese. The Father of the Philippines, Dr. Jose Rizal was also part Chinese.

Like I said, Chinese is so heavily molded and fused within the Filipino identity, Filipino culture and society.

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Re: 1880: The Chinese in Tagbilaran Were Already Part of the Body Politic
« Reply #67 on: September 29, 2013, 11:12:51 AM »
very interesting.  thanks, lorenz.  i'm getting at this slowly.  it's because i seem to be living these past characters in my mind. 

what i can glean so far is that your lolo sa sungay (or tuhod or siko?), chose to stay in valencia and hold on to his family name.  ours went back to china and never came back, deliberately or not, by force of circumstance or not, and chose to change his name to spanish.  but tan was used as the middle name by his children (one of whom was our grandfather) instead of his wife's family name.

i hope my little knowledge of those yesteryears hews close to the truth.  there is always the danger of addition and subtraction, of subjective-objective correlatives, with oral stories passed down from generation to generation.  meantime, i'll keep checking and counterchecking.  this is getting more interesting.  and you're helping me a lot.

I'm curious to know about your mother. Can you tell me how she was like? Did she have siblings?


 

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