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A Hong Kong Journalist Slams the Philippines, And Filipinos, Over the Spratlys Issue

March 29, 2009


A Hong Kong  journalist has written a hate article disparaging both the Philippines and Filipinos in the wake of the enactment of the new Philippines Baselines law that includes the Spratlys as a ‘regime of islands’ that form part of Philippine territory.

The Chinese journalist, Chip Tsao, is coming under sharp criticism from Filipinos in the blogosphere and from the progressive party list group Akbayan which says Mr. Tsao and his Hong Kong paper should apologize publicly for their patently racist stance.

Here is the offending article:

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.

I am biting my tongue as I write, fighting the urge to respond in kind to Chip Tsao’ thoroughly despicable attitude.

I certainly do not share his views even though I understand how Beijing feels about the Philippine Baselines law about which I have written previously.

chip-tsao2I am sure Tsao, who is reputedly known in Hong Kong for his “shock jock” style, really intends to elicit angry reactions from his readers as a way of provoking public debate.

What he fails or refuses to understand is that Filipinos work with dignity wherever they are, whether their source of livelihood is a so-called blue collar job or not.

So do other nationalities.

But racism and bigotry have no place in civilized society.

Chip Tsao and his ilk belong to the Dark Ages.

Nuff said.

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