Aristotle Dy, known to all simply as Ari, is a Chinese Filipino who belongs to the Jesuit Philippine Province. He was educated at Xavier School and Ateneo de Manila University in Manila, graduating with a bachelor's degree in business. He entered the novitiate after university. As a regent, he taught Conversational Mandarin and began getting involved with his Province's Chinese-Filipino Apostolate. After ordination in 2004 (by which time he had earned masters degrees in philosophy and theology), he was Director of Jesuit Communications in Manila and also served on the faculty of the Ateneo's Chinese Studies Program/Confucius Institute. It was in the latter context that he began specialized studies in Buddhism, earning a Masters in Buddhist Studies at the University of Hong Kong (2009), and now working on a PhD in Contemporary Chinese Buddhism at London's School of Oriental and African Studies. His research is on the Chinese Buddhism transmitted to the Philippines by way of Fujian, its adaptation in a Catholic settting, and its links to issues of Chinese culture and identity.
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Chinese Buddhism and Ethnic Identity in Catholic Philippines