HK textbook put Filipinos in bad light

domestic workersIt is always frustrating and disappointing when citizens from other countries make comments bordering on racism against our own people.

It is even more dismaying when the slur emanates from a country where many of its citizens benefit from the services rendered by our women-folk, especially our domestic workers.

Thus, it makes me wonder more why its own government allows it to happen that we are branded negatively.

Admittedly, there is no love lost between our two governments, especially after what happened to the botched rescue operation during the bus hostage crisis a few years back.

It highlighted our ineptness and inadequacies that caused injuries and death to many Hong Kong (HK) nationals.

And so, if government officials can easily hurl brickbats at us with impunity, why can’t their people do it? They have shown the way and they are making an abominable example.

It is for this reason that even if their citizens have gone to a reprehensible extent of smearing the Filipino domestic worker’s reputation in one of HK’s textbook, the authorities are mum about it.

In the textbook titled “New General Studies P3” and on the chapter, “Living in Hong Kong”, there is said to be an illustration of a dark-skinned woman, saying: “I am a Filipino. I am a domestic helper in Hong Kong.”

Just because they see a lot of Filipino domestic helper in HK, make them think that we are all good as domestic helpers.

Now that is being ignorant and stupid of them.

But what is the moral lesson our government should learn from this “grossly discriminatory way of defining Filipinos,” as described by Atty. Marc Titus Cebreros, chief of the Human Rights Information and Communication Division?

It is that our government and its elected officials running it should reform and stop playing politics and indulging in mega-corruption at the expense of the poor and move this country forward instead, making it investment friendly for both local and international players so it can provide sustainable jobs for Filipinos, who otherwise will venture and take risks in working abroad, like many of our domestic workers, just so they can send their children to school and have better quality life even if they are at the receiving end of racial slurs made by bigots.

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2 comments on “HK textbook put Filipinos in bad light

  1. My dad used to fly to Japan on business a lot and I always begged him then to take me along. He never would take me, telling me that Filipino women were thought of either as servants or dancers (well, they weren’t really dancers…) and the last thing he wanted for his daughter to be seen as one just because she was Filipino.

    It is a sad state of affairs that bigots are everywhere.

    • quierosaber says:

      I really feel bad about it. I don’t think this will change soon. We will always be a basket case in this regard for as long as we don’t change the way we elect officials in government who almost always lack the political will to make change possible.

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