There’s a circulating article made by a “patriotic” Chinese man – Chip Tsao about the Philippines being a land of servants. Sadly, the original article was already deleted from his column. It stirred quite a big issue for it had so many insulting words about Filipinos – and I, being “patriotic” too – can’t just brush it off. It all started over the Spratly Island controversy as to who gets this group of islands which are very near to our own Palawan island. Anyhow, my blog is not about that issue – since I really do believe that those islands are rightfully and legally Filipinos’.
Moving on, I will have to disect all his statements which irked me the most, here goes:
1. The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people.
– alright, something is amiss here. taking the lives of 7 innocent people is ok just because the two Russian dictators – Lenin and Stalin, who both got bloods of millions of people in their hands (not to miss out the part that these innocent people were heavily tortured) are his idol???? wow! talk about humanity – or lack thereof.
2. there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.
– there is no denying that there are a lot of filipino domestic helpers in hongkong – not just exactly in hongkong but all over the world. but has the author actually read his words when he wrote the last line? don’t flex your muscles to your master???? well then clean up after your own shit and don’t hire maids from the philippines. on a serious note – has it not occured to him as to why he himself hired a filipino as his housemaid? probably because filipinos are trustworthy people? that you got a peace of mind to leave to them your own house and the guidance of your own kids? that probably filipinos are the best in housekeeping? and what do we get in return??? a small amount of money which is definitely not enough with all the hardwork done inside their houses plus a maltreatment from the “masters of the house” like him. i don’t know about him, but he sounds like a psychopath and someone who would beat the hell out of his maid if his egg was not done sunny-side up as he requested.
3. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.
– now, if i were Louisa – well, first of all i would not have gone to hongkong to work there. hehehehe. but anyway, since she’s already there – i might just go to that statue square and tell all the filipinos there how my master wanted me to tell them about the spratly islands being a chinese property which i don’t think doesn’t really make much difference because i doubt that these people would care as to who gets the island. i will make them sign on a piece of paper that the news was dutifully delivered by me. then i will go to my “master” and hand him over the piece of paper and will ask for my salary increase. now, if he’s a man of his words, him being an author – he MUST give me that increase. otherwise, he’s a low-life son of a b*tch who can’t clean up after his own mess and can’t stand up for his own words.
4. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.”
– and because am just so very stubborn – i would have shouted “China, melamine-scare and toxic chemicals in other china-made products!!!!!” well, i sure hope i don’t get to hear the word “spratly” that much coz it sure is a looong sentence to shout everytime. well, that’s just me – at least we don’t put at risk the lives of innocent people just to gain more profit from it. :p
funny thing is, my middle name shouts Chinese all around it that i can’t deny that i may have a liter of chinese blood circulating thru my veins. i don’t hate chinese people, in fact i love them. i go to a salon here in dubai every month where all the beauticians/masseuse are chinese. though we may not understand each other 90% of the time i still try to create a conversation and laugh with them. i thank them after and give them a good tip for giving an excellent service, just because i am respectful enough to understand the fact that these people are here to work hard for a living and the appreciation of a job well-done will make them feel better. unlike the mr. chip tsao who i believe doesn’t have a heart.
as for filipinos being tagged as nannies/domestic helpers/maids, this is all i have to tell you:
I take no offense on being typecasted as a nanny. But i do take offense that the educated people of the world have somehow denegrated the true sense and meaning of what a nanny is. Let me tell you what she is. She is someone who gives more than she takes. She is someone you trust to look after the very people most precious to you – your child, the elderly, yourself. She is the one who has made a living out of caring and loving other people. So to those who have typecasted us as nannies, thank you. It is a testament to the loving and caring culture of the Filipino people. And for that, I am forever proud and grateful of my roots and culture.
– those were the supposedly smart answer from Precious Lara Quigaman on a non-existent question and answer portion in a Miss International pageant where she bagged the first runner up crown. hoax or not, it summaries everything i want to say. :p
For all those who have not gotten hold of that controversial article, please see below.
THE WAR AT HOME
March 27th, 2009
The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that-Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem-we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.
But hold on-even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.
As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.
Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.
Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.