Historian Richard Chu Awarded Core Fulbright to the Philippines

Richard T. Chu

AMHERST, Mass. – Richard T. Chu, Five College associate professor in the history department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will return to his native Philippines in January to teach and study for six months under the Core Fulbright Scholars Program.

Each year, the Core Fulbright Program sends about 600 American scholars to more than 125 countries. Chu will teach a course on the history of the Chinese diaspora at his alma mater, Ateneo de Manila University, while conducting research for his next book project on the racialization of Chinese immigrants in the Philippines during the American colonial period, 1898-1946.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Chu moved to the United States in 1992. Hereceived his bachelor’s degree from Ateneo de Manila in 1986, his master’s from Stanford University in 1994 and his Ph.D. from University of Southern California in 2003.

Chu said that although he now considers the U.S. home, he still retains deep attachments to the Philippines.

“I’m so excited to return to the Philippines for an extended period of time,” Chu said. “It has always been my dream to give back and to share what I have learned in the United States as a teacher and academic to Filipinos, and to spend time immersing myself again in local Filipino culture, history and society.”

While teaching and doing research in the Philippines, Chu said he also hopes to use his stay in the country to incorporate new materials for the “Empire, Race, and the Philippines” course he teaches in the Five Colleges and to explore academic exchange programs between Philippine-based universities and the Five Colleges.