Off Topic: Chip Tsao article
This is an off-topic. I wanted to tackle a very crucial issue that I recently heard and read over the Internet. This is humiliating as it entails the Filipino community, in general. This is in regard to Mr,. Chip Tsao's articles in HK magazine (https://hk-magazine.com). If you dont have any idea of his article, take a good read at this article,
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.
wherein he described the Philippines as the "nation of servants". In this article, he depicted that Philippines is not worthy of claiming the Spratlys from China, which employs hundreds of thousands of Filipino domestic helpers on very low wages. On the same article, he even threatened to terminate the employment of his Filipino domestic helper, to avoid committing an act of treason. This article seems to be very degrading to us, Filipinos. But if there is one thing that I wanted to point out in this article is what Filipinos have that other nationalities do not have. Yes, Filipinos are type cast as "servants of the world", we do not deny that fact. But why do other nations preferred Filipinos to be their house keeper? Simple, we are trustworthy, knows how to communicate well in English, clean and proper, respectful, industrious and many others. We should not be ashamed of this because being a housekeeper is a decent job. They are a part of every household, entrusting your home's safety, your childrens' welfare while you are at work, daily meals, and others. Just a piece of advise and message to this columnist, next time, be carefule with your words. You might be kidding a bit or having good times, but those boastful words hurt other people. Be anxious as well, as your article might reflect your character and up bringing. Your article is considered to be very mortifying for us Filipinos. So do not blame us if majority of the Filipinos, who have read and heard of your writings felt annoyed and furious. Consider us unprivileged and debase, but we can proudly say we have principles and character. Mr. Tsao, learn to respect other people, whatever their stature was. If you do have comments on our governments action towards the Spratlys Island, do not drag domestic helpers on this issue. They are just doing their fair share in life to bring descent food and future for their families. Stick to your concern and disregard irrelevant issues. You might not want us, Filipinos, to bring into writings all the issues and bad image your country has that brought threat not only to other people's health, but the economy as well. I have high respects for columnists, because they give us informative facts on what's happening around us. I know this columnist has a good education, but next time, use your education to right meaningful and helpful articles. We can always get commendable works without condemning unrelated issues.