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Apr 1, 2009

crossing the line...

Posted by Nancy G. Janiola at Wednesday, April 01, 2009
...this is what the Hongkong Journalist, Chip Tsao did when he publicly marked Philippines as a "nation of servants" in one of his columns in a Hongkong Magazine. For a professional journalist to speak across the line is such an unclouded offense.

Here's the details of Tsao's published article, dated 27th March, containing the said derogatory statement against the Filipino Domestic Helpers.
The Russian 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 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 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 Filipino maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a
nation of servants, as 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 Louissa, my domestic assistant who hold 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 waged increased next year, she had better tell everyone in 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 state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout 'China, Madam/Sir' loudly whenever they heard 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 the 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."
Though a public apology has already been made, recent news said that the Philippine government thru the office of the Bureau if Immigration still remain firm on their decision to put the HK journalist on a blacklist

3 comments:

Mommy Rubz on April 2, 2009 at 8:55 AM said...

Nako tama lang, the damage is done!

Lynn on April 2, 2009 at 3:08 PM said...

yabang niya ha! duh! dapat nga maturuan siya ng leksiyon. taray ba sis? lol.

nancy on April 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM said...

@Rubz
that's right. naturingan pa namang journalist yun pala isang malaking "racist"!

@Lynn
sis, ngayon ko lang nalaman. me katarayan ka palang tinatago, LOL!

 

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