Whether it’s the cuisine, festivals, rituals, or values, Chinoys have various opinions on what makes them proud of their culture. Let’s hear from our Chinoy TV TikTok ambassadors on what makes them proud to be Chinoys!
“Ever since I was younger, it always fascinates me how amazing and rich cultures were. I grew up embracing both Filipino and Chinese culture. I love how both of them are different but also similar in a way, especially when it comes to values and principles. No question, I love the food, celebrations, history, and the like, but it’s the meaning behind them that makes me want to know more about my culture and share this with the world.”
“The Chinoy culture is indeed a vibrant one—the do’s and dont’s, the history of our traditions, the family tree and terminologies, and our language especially. But most of all Chinese festivals are everything!”
“I find it interesting that although there are some variations between the Chinese and Chinoy cultures, they both still share the same core of the love for business and family.”
“I get to be in touch with my Chinoy roots, from music, food, events, and others. It is a rich and unique culture that I should be proud of.”
“Chinoys are interesting because we resemble a sub-culture inside a bigger, encompassing culture. We share plenty of qualities with our Filipino siblings, yet we are likewise novel in our way. Many of our traditions and propensities occasions like Chinese New Year, Moon Cake Festival, and a lot of other festivities excite me.”
“About Chinoy culture, I personally find us very unique. We are a group of Chinese (pure or mixed) people living with Pacific islanders (who are also Southeast Asian and Hispanic) in a country deeply influenced by America, Japan, and Spain who have to learn three languages and one dialect in childhood to communicate with family, friends, and countrymen. We eat sisig and inasal outside, then come home to noodles, dim sum, and adobo. We love K-drama and animé as much as the Filipinos we share our home with; we vibe with Pinoy humor, wear red at special occasions. As for Chinese Culture, I find the way they combine the traditional and modern endlessly fascinating. As one of the most high-tech countries in the world, it’s amazing how people wear hanfu and celebrate their traditional festivals and values.”