Monday, March 30, 2009

A Nation of Servants?

As a blogger championing Filipino pride, the news that a Hongkong columnist referred to our country as “a nation of servants”, has made my blood boil. This is beyond reproach and I will not let this pass without giving my two cents.

I don’t know this Chip Tsao and I don’t care who he is but his senseless attack to Filipinos as a nation is uncalled for. I will not stoop to his level of intellect and retaliate by hitting on Chinese people. I certainly have no problems with them. I don’t care if they are the source of toys tainted with lead or milk contaminated with Melamine. I don’t even care if they have been proliferating fake mobile phones and electronic devices in other countries.

This Chip Tsao is a pathetic loser who is not in his right mind, probably due to large doses of Melamine and lead in his blood. If he is in his right mind, he should have been careful in treating the person who is serving his food lest he may notice that his food suddenly tastes strange.

These Filipino domestic helpers have been contributing to Hongkong’s economy and they deserved praises rather than insults.

If Mr. Tsao thinks that this is cute, then he is mistaken. It ain't funny, sir... and now the joke is on you.

Here is a copy of the controversial article on its entirety:

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.

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