Chip Tsao Slur Reflects Geopolitical Realities

To weigh in belatedly on the Chip Tsao brouhaha, the piece was indeed limp satire. Nevertheless, it’s still painful in that it is uncomfortably too close to the truth. That’s why it raised a lot of hackles.

But are we missing the bigger picture ? Carl, commenting on Manolo’s blog post, correctly points out:

Chip Tsao is a nobody. A trying-hard writer who really doesn’t make the grade. Besides, I am not very fond of the caustic Chinese sense of humor. All this outrage about Chip Tsao will soon pass. And Chip Tsao will continue to be a Z-list writer.

The most important question for me is, after this furor dies down, will we become less of a nation of servants? When one sees those Filipino domestics congregating in public in Hong Kong, it does seem to project that image of our country. For many Chinese, who don’t know better, that is the image they have of the Philippines. I have also noticed how it makes many upper-class Filipinos uncomfortable, preferring to turn another way. They would much rather not be lumped along with those domestics.

I would rather focus my indignation on those who were responsible for making our country a nation of servants. Why are our people fleeing in droves, happy to just be domestics in another country?

Moreover, the sentiments so inelegantly conveyed by Mr. Tsao reflects geopolitical realities. China is the bully in the sandbox and is not shy about letting the world know it. The Chinese consider the South China Sea as their own little pond. Hence, the prevailing view as per Tsao, is that “the entirety of Spratly islands belongs to China“. Already China is intensifying its presence in the area.

Try as we might to stand up to the Chinese, we all know that it’s just so much chest-thumping. We will of course rely on our own “special relationship” with the U.S. and from all indications the Americans will eventually back us up. But not before we get our puny ass kicked around first.

3 thoughts on “Chip Tsao Slur Reflects Geopolitical Realities”

  1. ..but i think it is true that we have maids and house helpers in that part of hemisphere. its sad and strange that if a filipino has spoken or written of it instead, we would not really have given much attention – not much of the emotion that was, at least.

    i am a filipino and have worked for sometime in various places abroad and have been called cheap labor and a mediocre engineer by the locals. i felt bad and deplored it. but then i realized i was really acting like one – like most of us. i can’t recall how but i decided that i can do better….. now and after some years, i look back and i see how much ive opened myself to learning and mastering new things and new ways. i struggled but i never gave up. not one bit until i earned the respect, confidence, and teamwork of fellow engineers of various nationalities.

    i realize that sometimes we just have to be honest with ourselves. it is bad enough to be marked as inferior but it is much worse if we don’t do something to correct that mentality and see ourselves as we really are.

    once we accept this fact, then we just have to work harder and better. we have to improve. we have to be disciplined. we have to learn. we have to compete. and finally focus on this goal and succeed.

    my message is simple: before another not so nice comment is hurled on us, on you, take sometime to think if it is the honest truth. if it is, then resolve to do better. then just let time prove that you are not what they think you are.

    hope this helps. 🙂

  2. I am one of those socially twisted (and f*cked up) Filipinos who does not identify with lower-class Filipinos. The minorities I tend to cluster with in a North American setting are Spanish-speaking and/or Black groups. I avoid Asians altogether, unless they are other “aristocratic” Filipinos.

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