Monday, March 30, 2009

Chip Tsao is all the rage among Filipinos

It's another cause of Filipino indignation.

Barbs have been flying all over the blogosphere over what Hongkong journalist Chip Tsao wrote in his column.  Apparently, he was of the opinion that the Philippines is a nation of servants.

Here's a short excerpt of an article on

Part of Tsao’s column read: “As a nation of servants, you don't flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.”

He further wrote that he “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.”

Tsao threatened to sack his domestic worker should war breaks out between the Philippines and China “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.”

You know what's funny?

It seems we're always indignant over something or other.  Lagi na lang tayong inaapi.

Just a week or so ago, we were indignant over Nicole's decision to recant her testimony against US Serviceman Daniel Smith. 

And when was it that we fumed over a TV show on BBC that slurred Filipina maids too.  

Of course, who'd forget that Terry Hatcher and that Desperate Housewives episode where her character flung a slur against Filipino doctors. 

I'm sure, there are a lot of other examples of how Filipinos are denigrated or put down by people in foreign countries.  The thing is, and this is really infuriating, Filipinos are being put down by their own countrymen.  

Take the case of Boyet Fajardo and this is just one case that found its way on the internet through youtube.

Ever wonder why we're always finding stories of Filipinos being put down?


English To Tagalog The Blog said...

i was thinking of posting something similar but since you beat me to the punch i won't anymore.

i just find it funny that we get so sensitive about perceived racial slurs when we ourselves are so guilty of the same. we even discriminate against our own countrymen, do we not?

got your email. thanks. would prefer a shot of the flag without the text. it was a bit washed out though.

Admin said...

Yes we put each other down, for all sorts of reasons.

My brother, Meester Eff, warned me about my penchant for making jokes about Visayan accents. He said that our Visayan friends might find it quite funny to hear me speak Cebuano or Boholano.

Then again, I actually find the Visayan accent endearing. It's music to my ears, really.

As for the flag jpg, I sent you the original jpg file. It's a bit washed out because I added glow effect to it and pushed the fill light. Perhaps I should have just stopped at pushing the saturation up.

Been playing with Photoshop and Picasa3, of the two, I like the latter better.

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