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.