BrainTeaser | Sherma E Benosa

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Today, I read an article that made my blood boil: an opinion piece by a Chinese “journalist” named Chip Tsao published in HK Magazine. Here’s the article plus my comments in italics.



The War at Home

By Chip Tsao


The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen onboard. 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. [Is it just me, or is there really a big flaw in his reasoning?]


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 US$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. [Yes, indeed, there is something wrong with his reasoning. Any high school (or even younger student) who knows a bit of logic can see breakdowns of reason in his sentences. Tsk! But I won’t discuss his logical fallacies anymore. I’d focus on some of his factual errors. US$3,580 a month for a maid in Hong Kong? He better check his figures. They pay our kababayans much less, just about US$300-350 a month! And no, we are not a nation of servants. We do have degree holders who need to go overseas to find employment, even as domestic helpers, but not everyone in the country and even those who are working overseas are servants. We have lawyers, engineers, and other professionals as well. Besides, what’s wrong with being a domestic helper, may I ask? At least, our maids can make logical statements and sound reasoning. Also, are the employers still called masters in this age? I thought the master-servant relationship no longer exists. Isn’t it already an employee-employer relationship in the modern world?]


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4 comments on “Disgusting!

  1. rushrabbit
    March 31, 2009

    Interesting opinions Mr. Cheap Chow has got there, but come to think of it I’d rather be a servant who lives a decent life than sell cardboard stuffed dumplings and melamine-laced milk to babies. Perhaps he should lay off the melamine for a while so as to clear his thoughts.

  2. alia
    March 31, 2009

    for me that article alone proves that we filipinos are far more better than Mr.tsao. Calling us a nation of servants only proves Mr. Tsao’s ignorance and Hippocratic mindset. Though it is true that many filipnos work abroad it does not mean that we are servants of any nation. Mr. Tsao should realize that there are far more chinese people working abroad than filipinos infact most of them have been working in other nations far longer than our country.

    Mr. Tsao’s comments against filipinos are degrading and even discriminatory.

    He should first look at himself before he would judge others. That’s my opinion.

  3. nickchow
    April 2, 2009

    chip(s) ahooy, banana chip(s), chippy, it’s just another junk food (for thought) like chip chow!

  4. Omon Maravilla
    April 2, 2009

    don’t mind him, he’s just being Chinese about it.

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