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Philippines called "Nation of Servants"
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Philippines called "Nation of Servants" by writer
Mar 29, 2009 06:29

Due to Philippines claim over the Spratly Islands which China also claims, a Chinese writer by the name of Chip Tsao published a story in the HK Magazine of the Asia City Publishing Group, calling the Philippines a "nation of servants".

Here is the article by Chip in HK Magazine:

The War at Home
By Chip Tsao

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen onboard. 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 HK$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 everyone 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.


source:http://asia.cnet.com/blogs/infochat/post.htm?id=63009834&scid=hm_bl





CHIP TSAO (Cheap Chow) BANNED / BLACKLISTED IN THE PHILIPPINES - March 31, 2009

Chip Tsao also known as To Kit, the nerdy Chinese dude who called the Philippines ‘a nation of servants’ in an article of HK Magazine is blacklisted by the Bureau of Immigration to enter Philippine soil. Considering that terrorists are blacklisted, just to be blacklisted in the same company as those terrorists is shameful. That’s what you get when you demean a country like the Philippines. Filipinos won’t take this racial slur by just sitting down

source:http://pinoyblogmachine.com/blog/despite-apology-tsao-is-still-in-blacklist-bi/




Despite apology, Tsao is still in blacklist - BI

Despite offers of apology on a controversial article which was deemed racist by many Filipinos, the ban on Hong Kong writer Chip Tsao from entering the Philippines remains, the Philippines’ top immigration official said.

Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said Tsao himself would have to apply to Philippine authorities to have the ban lifted.

“Tsao can request from the [Philippine] Consulate sa Hong Kong who will then communicate to DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs),” said Libanan in an interview Wednesday.

Libanan said the DFA would inform the Bureau of Immigration if the Tsao has been removed from the blacklist.

The immigration commissioner earlier said Tsao will only be removed from the immigration blacklist if he issues a public apology for the derogatory article he wrote about Filipinos.

Libanan issued on Monday night the order placing Tsao in the immigration blacklist for being an undesirable alien.

“This is our manifestation of disgust against the racial slur and insult committed by Mr. Tsao against us as a people,” Libanan said in a statement after announcing the issuance of the blacklist order.

Libanan also chided Tsao for his “arrogance and disrespect to the country and the Filipino people.”

Malacañang meanwhile is taking a wait and see stance on the apology of Tsao

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said they are still considering his apology and whether or not they should accept it.

“Different interpretations”

The DFA on Wednesday confirmed that Hong Kong writer Chip Tsao has issued an apology on television in China’s Special Administrative Region.

In a text message to abs-cbnNEWS.com, the DFA said it received the information about Tsao’s apology from the report by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong.

“The following is excerpt of Mr. Chip Tsao’s interview aired 7 p.m. last night at ATV, a major local TV channel: ‘I realized that I had crossed the line…I now offer my public apology’”,” the DFA stated in the text message.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Monday that Tsao allegedly never meant to insult Filipino domestic workers.

“The article was never intended to be insulting to the Filipino domestic workers,” Tsao told AFP.

He added in the report that “English, being a global language, is open to different interpretations by those who come from various cultural backgrounds”.

“Has anyone been deeply upset, it was never my intention and I feel sorry,” Tsao was quoted in the report.

On Monday, Tsao’s publisher and editors had issued an apology for their writer’s column. In their letter, the Asia City Publishing Group in Hong Kong apologized “unreservedly for any offense that may have been caused by Chip Tsao’s column dated March 27″.

HK Magazine explained that they have long been championing the rights of Filipinos working in Hong Kong.

“We note that Filipinos have often been unfairly treated in Hong Kong, and that they make an important contribution to this community,” said HK Magazine.

HK Magazine added that Tsao’s column entitled “The War At Home” was satirical.

Tsao earned widespread disapproval among Filipinos for his column “War At Home” published online by the HK Magazine on March 27.

In his column, Tsao called the Philippines a “nation of servants” unworthy to lay claim on the disputed Spratlys Island.

Tsao also made derogatory remarks against Filipino domestic workers in Hong Kong.

He said he summoned his Filipino domestic assistant named Louisa and gave her a harsh lecture that Spratlys Island belongs to China. He even threatened to send her home if war breaks out between the Philippines and China.

The Spratlys Island is being disputed by China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Concerned about the safety of Tsao’s maid, the Philippine Consulate set out to locate her. They discovered that Tsao had no Filipino domestic worker under his employ. Louisa was actually working for Tsao’s father for 14 years now.

Continuing protest

Meanwhile, the group United Filipinos in Hong Kong is preparing to mobilize the Filipino community there on Sunday, April 5th for a protest against the article and writer.

On Monday, Tsao’s publisher and editors issued an apology for their writer’s column. In their letter, the Asia City Publishing Group in Hong Kong apologized “unreservedly for any offense that may have been caused by Chip Tsao’s column dated March 27″.

HK Magazine explained that they have long been championing the rights of Filipinos working in Hong Kong.

“We note that Filipinos have often been unfairly treated in Hong Kong, and that they make an important contribution to this community,” said HK Magazine.

HK Magazine added that Tsao’s column entitled “The War At Home” was satirical.

source:http://pinoyblogmachine.com/blog/despite-apology-tsao-is-still-in-blacklist-bi/
Posted 4/4/09
So it's indeed the nation of the servants.

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hmm.. I actually prefer "land of the grandiose white elephants" instead of the "nation of servants".. then again if we (the politicians and the stupid public) could do away with the white elephants, we wouldn't be resorting to servitude despite the fact that we're degree holders just to provide a better life for our families.
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Our thoughts on Filipinos can be read here:
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-196693/filipinos-read-this-post-in-english-only/?pg=47#23779733

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Its the truth so don't deny it
Posted 4/4/09
Too long, didn't read.
But I think there's a discussion discussing about this also in the Extended Discussions.

OT: I don't belong yet. I have yet to serve others.
Hahaha, I should be preparing and be ready by now.
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..hmmm..that was our last discussion on our social studies class..
it's true,,,well,,,i just can't deny that..
..but at least we are also known as the pearl of the orient seas...
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hhmmm interesting.... never heard of this one before

but i guess.........

hehe i don't really have any comments on this one
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Agree with this person.....


Kill099 wrote:

Sorry to burst your bubble, what did the Philippines have for it to be lovable? How can you be proud of the Philippines with its current state? Change beginning with an individual is useless, coz he'll only give up once he realized that not everyone shares his views and when he's faced with the reality of the situation. Being an idealist and having patriotism, both are a luxury nowadays. You may preach how much you love the Philipplines and hope others will but it does not fill their stomachs. We're so busy living that we don't have time to love our country.

Ok, I'll make the essay as an example. This "President Park" seems that he really loved his country so much and was a good leader of South Korea for developing and/or supporting their own industry like making factories out of remittances. Btw, the Americans gave them "financial" aid to develop and stop the North Koreans from influencing the country into being a communist, maybe Korea made good use of these funds. Compare that to the renting money of American bases in the Philippines (Subic) and U.N. aid funds, where did all that money disappeared to?

Now, back to the Philippines, what did the government do to spark change? Do they support and develop our own industries? Do they call experts from other countries to advise how to develop the country, or at least send a Filipino scholar to study in abroad to learn from them? NO! All the government is doing today is sending more skilled workers for the benefit of other countries while they squander with taxpayer's money. They invite foreign investors and businessmen with the lure of cheap labor in the expense of our own industries and the common worker's salary. We receive million, or maybe, billions of dollars from remittances but what do our leaders do with it? We have an election system which is not rigid enough to make sure that the elected officials was really chosen by the people. Who's stupid enough to vote for an actor as president? Only in the Philippines!!! Even if you make the system rigid enough, there are not enough "honest" politicians to make the effort worthwhile. If only they can lower the age limit for the presidency, maybe the younger they are, the less corrupt he is. A country's success always depended on its leader's decision, that's what happened with Singapore. I can go on and on on how change and a nation's success depended on its leaders.

I remembered Jose Rizal, he never aimed to free the country from the Spaniards, all he wanted was to abolish discrimination and to have equal opportunities for the Spanish and Filipinos. He think so coz he believed we Filipinos were not ready back then to lead our own country and we haven't loved the country enough from the simple pheasants to rich merchants. We were set free prematurely, we're not ready to love this country. Until now we can't love this country, how can you if you're faced with reality? Some Filipinos reading this are living or born in other countries experiencing how good life is. Then why don't you ask yourself, why am I here in this country while the Philippines was suffering? Why did my parents moved from the Philippines to this country to have a better living? I'll tell you this, once faced with reality, no one can be patriotic enough to love his country. The change should begin from the top. A new leader is needed. When will this new leader will come? Time can only tell.. Vote Kill099 for president. Just kidding.


Posted 4/4/09
We can't do anything about it, He's saying the truth afterall. =_=
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nation of servants

a king, master whatsoever can't live a luxurious life
without his servants

but i still don't agree with the thought that my country is being called a nation of servants
why don't we just kill all our corrupt officials
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It's not right to call Philippines as Nation of servants. because not all filipinos are servants.
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sure, it's undeniable that most of our ppl are just mere servants. but, does that give us or our country no right to own properties?!

let his land be called the "Nation of the Racists" and he can be the representative.
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I don't know with you guys but for me what Chip Tsao said was way overboard. You can be a patriot to your country all you want but you just can't call other country names that are offensive in any way, maybe it is the truth but what right does Chip Tsao have to say that to the Philippines. Though most of you said that the Chinese patriot said was the truth you can't generalize all the people in the Philppines. Just because we are a third world country doesn't give you any right to say that we are a nation of servants.
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no comment....
Posted 4/4/09
all my nannies were philipino

fitting name.
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