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Anti-Chinese Sentiment Number 2

If you missed it, Here’s Anti-Chinese Sentiment Number 1 if you don’t mind.

Supporting Arguments

At least Americans would say sorry if they’re wrong, while the Chinese still insist they are right, even if they are wrong.

This was Roxy’s statement about the differences between the Chinese and the American. It’s pointless if you’ll think that “there’s no better country than China or the US.”

The similarity between the Chinese and the Americans is that, they tend to control our economy rather than the locals doing it, which, in the nationalist perspective, is an insult, thinking that we have no capability or right to control it.

F. Sionil Jose’s anti-Chinese arguments/sentiments|The Chinese here is portrayed as a villain.

Most of the Filipino-Chinese businessmen/entrepreneurs, according to award-winning writer Francisco Sionil Jose, have their investments right into their pockets, and when it happens, they send it back to China, rather than contributing to the Philippine economy.

The problem with most ethnic Chinese in the Philippines is that, most of them do not integrate in Philippine society, except for those who are really Chinese on the outside, but Filipino on the inside. It’s very obvious when a Filipino-Chinese has mixed ancestry, and doesn’t even have an idea what’s inside mainland China.

Also, F. Sionil Jose added that Chinese schools and Chinese business organizations should be abolished, if most of them do not integrate into Philippine society.

Well, I’m not being a racist, or scaring the hell out of you, or also promoting racism/discrimination, but believe it or not, one of our Filipino-Chinese hotties suffered this way. You want to know who that is?

Chris Tiu.|Chris Tiu’s good boy-next-door looks once displayed his personality, but now it’s only an outside feeling.

Yes, he does ring a bell to most of you guys, but he’s not the boy-next-door that we used to know. In fact, to those who are watching the show that he hosts, he is becoming arrogant, which made him outdated. Take note, ah: Outdated.

We’re not close, ok? But to those who knew him as a sweet, down-to-earth, intelligent team captain of the Blue Eagles, don’t get me wrong. If the Ateneans are “stereotyped” as arrogant and haughty, well, some of the famous bloggers/Ateneans like Tricia Gosingtian, Pilar Pedrosa Pilar and my batchmate who is the only one who studied in Ateneo are examples of down-to-earth Atenistas, but Chris Tiu didn’t maintain that level of meekness. He only became arrogant because he is in Smart Gilas.

I really don’t want to rant against him, since he’s already outdated.

Jose Rizal’s anti-Chinese sentiment based on his two novels

Do you know the character Quiroga who is looked down upon? That’s because he’s Chinese, but although I didn’t even dare read the whole novel itself (despite learning it during 4th year high school), he’s like, someone who is looked down upon because of two factors:

1.) Either way, the Chinese are not Christians, and they’re looked down more than the natives (Filipinos/yndios) during that time.
2.) Jose Rizal’s way of looking towards to the Chinese is that, they’re “poor.” Well, not unless you see their hardwork.

Ironically, Jose Rizal’s ancestor is Chinese. Boo-hoo.

Abolish Chinese schools in the Philippines? My stand

I think that Chinese schools should add Filipino and Philippine history to their curriculum, just like how North Korean schools in Japan included Japanese language study in their curriculum.

Most Filipino-Chinese people send their kids to Chinese to schools to learn Chinese. Well, although they’re doing this, some Chinoys think that it’s harder to master Mandarin than Filipino. It’s obvious, since Mandarin is a tonal language, one mistake and you might insult people, but it’s a good thing that the Chinese are forgiving in terms of their language since they know that their language is really hard to master. Guess what? Chinese is the second hardest language in the world, next to Japanese, according to this website (I forgot), but most websites usually put Chinese to the list.

Chinese schools in the Philippines vs. North Korean schools in Japan

Chinese schools in the Philippines do not offer Filipino language or Philippine history in the curriculum, well, as far as I know. However, North Korean schools in Japan are adding Japanese language and history in their curriculum. Most Filipino-Chinese people blend into the Filipino culture, even those who are Philippine-born full-blooded Chinese. Well, that’s because the Chinese are everywhere in the world, even in the US, Japan or in France, there are a lot of them.

Meanwhile, North Korean schools in Japan offer Japanese language (and English) and history. Although Japan and North Korean do not have diplomatic relations with one another (North Korea is isolationist), at least the North Korean government funds the North Korean schools, which sometimes becomes an issue because North Korea is a very poor country, way poorer than Vietnam, Philippines or even Papua New Guinea, and yes, the curriculum of North Korean schools is outside the jurisdiction of Japanese education.

Anti-Chinese sentiment outside the Philippines

It is mostly apparent in East Asian countries, sadly. That’s right. Even the Koreans and the Japanese have anti-Chinese sentiment as well, and anti-Chinese sentiment is somehow evident in the movie Shinjuku Incident starring Jackie Chan (I never watched the movie but I’m hesitating because of some violent scenes ugh).

The Controversial “The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”: The evident stereotyping of Asian (particularly Chinese) Parents|The High Expectations Asian Father is one of the best examples of stereotyping Asian parents.

Most Asian parents are stereotyped as parents with “high expectations,” and of course, it’s also evident that most Asian kids in the United States excel is because of that type of mind-set.

Asians = INTELLIGENT PEOPLE: Stereotyping

Yahoo! user SBC’s complaint about typical Asian parenting may not be as famous as Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, but this is one of the most evident things that is happening when Asian parents are the usual topic. Amy Chua’s essay about the superiority of Chinese mothers is very controversial is because it resembles the violation of human rights in the People’s Republic of China and of course, like what I said before in my first Anti-Chinese sentiment essay, the Chinese control people, even their government proves that right.

Here’s the thing: Most traditional Chinese people want their kids to play piano or violin, or maybe excel in Math and get consistent A+. It may seem pressuring, but some traditional Chinese are still making hatid-sundo of their kids even after they already have work. Wow.

I am not saying that I hate the Chinese, what I do not want is, the evident resemblance of human rights violation.

Quoting Amy Chua

Western parents try to respect their children’s individuality, encouraging them to pursue their true passions, supporting their choices, and providing positive reinforcement and a nurturing environment. By contrast, the Chinese believe that the best way to protect their children is by preparing them for the future, letting them see what they’re capable of, and arming them with skills, work habits and inner confidence that no one can ever take away.

Preparing them for the future, huh? Well, relating with this one, my upbringing is more Chinese than Filipino. I was forced to play the piano if in fact, I wanted to learn about ballet. Like, as a kid, I was insulted. I was isolated from my other cousins is because, of their “false conservatism.” You may read that in “Blog Posts,” search for “Why I Chose to be a Liberal.” In addition, we were forced to continue Taekwondo although our summer class sessions are way better than when we have class time.

Indeed, it’s the Middle Kingdom

Traditional Chinese values are really evident even before communism started in the PRC. Women are the most oppressed, like the most controversial “fetus soup” when most women abort females than males for the “males” are the most precious, if in the Philippines, females are more dependable than males. Obvious naman, ‘di ba? Most females at school have more capability to be class presidents, and like how I mentioned Cabe Aquino in one of my blog posts, it’s evident that Filipina women symbolize empowerment.

Forget the “Maria Clara” stereotype. It sucks.

The Confucian belief will never ever interest/enlighten me

Think about it. Aside from the traditional Chinese, the Koreans are another example. Racism, sexism, and all that shit is from Confucian belief. I’m not lambasting Confucius and his teachings (although Shi Huang Di ordered to burn all the books about his teachings), but it will never ever enlighten me, and I will never ever teach that to my children. What I care about is what they’re capable of what they’re doing, without following those age-old, backwards traditions.

Nationalism as an alternative to the solution of the economic problems of the Philippines

As promised, here’s my essay about Nationalism as a key alternative to the problems of the Philippines.|Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE is one example of a monument/landmark of industrialization.

Nationalism as a key perspective to economic growth

There are several things that I want to emphasize, and these are the things that the Filipino should change.
If the Filipinos really want change, why can’t they confront the foreigners who are dominating the economy? Why do they confront the president? Is it because they rely everything on the president, or is it because they think that everything that the president commands or wishes should be followed?

How do I define nationalism?

Nationalism is the reduction of foreign influence from the homeland. Of course, how would a country or a nation prosper if nationalism doesn’t exist? Think about it, it is the alternative to the solution to the economic problems of the Philippines. People who believe that doing business as a key to economic growth should be looked upon by the Filipinos. There would be no prosperity if they do not look up to them, or follow their lead.

As a Filipino citizen, setting up local businesses is the key to economic prosperity. It is also another way for Filipinos to at least, work hard just to earn a living.

Industrialization as a key to abundant job opportunities

I am for the industrialization of the Philippines. I am into it is because I believe that this is the only way for the Philippine government to offer a lot of jobs for the Filipino people, meaning to say that it’s good-bye to applying for a job abroad. Aside from that, there are many benefits. If a country is a rich and developed country at the same time, citizens who live in that country are given benefits to travel abroad without a visa.

Industrialization could ONLY be achieved if nationalism is expressed the right way. Accepting criticisms either the easy way or the hard way from foreigners and locals alike will make the society improve itself and of course, correct their mistakes.

Industrialization means, equality

Why do construction workers earn less than those in the corporate world? I really find this biased, and worse, unjust. Construction workers work so hard 24/7 and yet, the bigger salary goes to the corporate people. I believe that labor jobs should receive the same amount of salary equal to those who work in the corporate world. Construction workers are earning for a living, the hard and dangerous way. If this is the case, then they deserve more than those who are in the corporate world since their life would be at risk if something happens, unlike the corporate people, who are just working, sitting down all day doing paperworks and attending meetings, and that’s it. However, they earn a bigger salary than those people whose job is blue-collar.

Why do people working in a white-collar job earn much more than those who work in a blue-collar job? Why can’t the government propose something just to make the salary between the white-collar and the blue-collar job equal?

That’s the problem. Even the government cannot solve this problem that much. They really cannot totally reduce corruption because they believe that being in the government means, bigger, and better salary.

Once again, it is very unjust.

The problem with the Philippine government and society in the present-day

I would notice that the Filipinos aren’t concerned about the economy, science and technology, which are key factors to industrialization. They are just focusing on politics, especially on putting the politicians down, which seems irrational and stupid.

Look how the media portrayed CGMA. I also noticed that the news program (TV Patrol) has been focusing on CGMA’s sickness, and of course, the people’s plans to put her to jail.

Why can’t they just focus on the economy, science and technology? If we are the text capital of the world and at the same time, interested in technology, why can’t we nourish it, at least? I really feel sorry to those people who wanted the Philippines to experience industrialization, but the stubborn society hasn’t understood yet the concept of economic nationalism.

What should the Filipinos do?

Rather than to lambast the president alone, Philippine society should do something to reduce foreign influence in the economy. Once this task is achieved, it is possible that it is time for the Filipinos to find a way in order for the country’s economy to prosper.
The Filipinos should always take note that there is still a chance to wake the country up and the society.

They should also take note that the Philippines isn’t the only country that is suffering from immature society whose goal for the country is… nothing, just yet.

It is also to take note that the Philippines is not a low-income country at all, but belonging to the low middle-income class is still lacking. Countries such as Vietnam, although it is still not yet a rich country, is one way ahead from the Philippines, despite its currency’s very low value.

Lastly, Filipinos should stop being dependent to foreigners. They should be working on their own, and should not be ashamed to show signs of industrialization. It is NOT bad if a country industrializes, same with nationalism. This is the only way for Filipinos to prosper the economy of the Philippines.

Why is the world so unfair?

from; Steve Jobs (RIP) giving tech opportunities to St. Peter.

One netizen said,

Steve Jobs died, thousands mourned. Many African children dying of starvation, no one mourned.

It’s similar to the fact that (BTW from Tumblr),

People mourn the death of Amy Winehouse more than those who were the victims of the massacre in Norway.

NOTE: I have nothing against Steve Jobs. He’s an awesome man, so I really can’t say anything negative about him.

Let’s admit it. We mourn celebrities than those who are really in need, probably because when we see those poor people, we think it’s normal, it’s a way of life. Heck, there are thousands of people worrying about Paris Hilton being arrested compared to Lindsay Lohan’s issues regarding jail, breaking of laws, etc. We think that what Paris Hilton did is like, her mistake, but in La Lohan’s case, we think it’s normal, or we’re just used to it.

We usually think that celebrities deserve more attention than those who deserve positive attention. Those people in need should be the concern of most of us, like donations to transplants, like DUH! Give at least a centavo or a peso in that donation bank. It’s not bad if you give donations, or “pass the hat.” You think giving alms is bad? Well, in a poor country, it is. But in a rich country, it depends upon the laws implemented, so yeah, it’s probably a BIG no to give alms to the poor.

The world is really unfair. Nepotism and cronyism can never ever be avoided. The rich becomes richer, while the poor becomes poorer. That is the result of widening the gap between the rich and the poor.

Some rich people prove this wrong by simply be fair and doing what other normal people do. They do not have nannies or bodyguards, they just have the guts to survive, even at the most extreme situation. Just ask those people who dare crossed the border. :p

After reading this post,

a.) Reflect on your faults and sins.
b.) Always think that you’re not the only one who is suffering.
c.) Everyone is not problem-free.

1.) Create a blog post regarding this topic.
2.) Answer this question: Do you think it’s possible to make the world a “fair” and “just” place? Why or why not?

Made in Japan

Japanese technology – as far as we know this is one of the most advanced technologies in the world. They specialize in manufacturing digital cameras, digital SLRs and cars, if in South Korea they specialize in making mobile phones and smartphones while in the USA, they specialize in making laptops and PC’s.

If you hear, “Made in Japan,” the first thing that comes out from my mind is this: TECHNOLOGY.

Yes, that’s right. Japanese technology is really the trend, even up to the present day.

What are the gadgets that are Made in Japan?

Here’s the list: Sony, Casio, Olympus, Canon, Nikon, Epson, Pentax, Sigma, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fujitsu, JVC… well they’re too many to count.

But right now, most digital cameras and digital SLRs that are either Made in China, Taiwan or in Thailand.

Here’s the list to guide you:

Made in Japan

Canon DSLR body
EF L-lenses and lenses with metal (as in METAL) mounts
Nikon pro-series DSLRs

but before the price of digicams lowered… and unfortunately were (or are) Made in China…

Yes, those brands that I mentioned.

The Japanese are very hardworking and precise when it comes to their products. Their car industry is the most dominant in the market today. Although despite being an RHD-oriented country, it allows LHD cars since yeah, they manufacture vehicles.

Being an export-oriented country, expect that once you step in Japanese soil, most prices that you see are outrageously appreciated. Compared to the affordable prices that you could find in either the Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong or in the USA, Japan is the most expensive country in the world. But some claim that the Made in Japan products there are affordable.

Guide to the Land of the Rising Sun

What you see in their TV series is what you get once you step in Japanese soil. It may be expensive there, but it’s worth a visit. Japan has a rich and colorful history and its economy is at-par with Europe. The U.S. cannot even reach the level of Japan in terms of cost of living, etc. Yes, Japan is at-par with the cost of living of Scandinavia and the rest of the Nordic countries, or probably U.K.

Japanese people are really nice people. That’s right. Those hot-headed fanatic nationalists that you see on TV are purely exaggerations. Truth is that, their sense of patriotism reflects how they really love themselves as a nation. They help you to this and that, and they really guide you when and where to go. Oh, and there’s one thing that I wanna tell you. Most Japanese people are capable of speaking in English (do not believe in those who say that they don’t speak English at all), although they find it hard.

In Japan, you really don’t need a tour guide. It’s all in the train, y’know.

I almost bought my lens there when we knew that one peso is equal to two Japanese yen. That’s right. 1000円 is equal to 500 Php, and that value is their smallest banknote. One said, “they’re too arrogant.”

It may seem arrogant but mind you, like what I said a while ago, the prices are appreciated. Unless you come from the USA, you may think that it is affordable to live there…

Between the US and Japan, I think Japan would be the best choice for me to take up my M.A. in IR, that is.

Made in China

God created the world, and the rest were Made in China.
– Anonymous

China is very well-known for manufacturing most of the fake goods that we know today. We see fake gadgets, toys and clothing.

Yes, if China invented gunpowder, paper, first banknotes, tea, and all that crap, it is really a “fact” that “the rest were made in China.” Ironically, they’re the ones who currently imitate, not invent. Their East Asian neighbors (Japan and South Korea, that is) are actually defeating them.

Whenever everyone sees “Made in China,” what comes out from mind is “fake,” “counterfeit,” or worse, “knock-off.”

Fake things are everywhere, not even the USA can avoid such thing. In San Francisco, there are a lot of fake stuff you could find there (sorry if I don’t have a picture that would serve as proof), even in Singapore, that is. The worst part– most of these fake stuffs can always be found in flea markets. In the Philippines, flea markets are almost everywhere. Most genuine stuff are in Manila proper itself. In Cebu and Davao, that’s what I really don’t know about, but most genuine stuff can only be found in these developed areas.

How to identify if a mall’s a flea market…

…to be posted soon. 🙂