The story about a primary school textbook in Hong Kong that depicts Filipinos as “maids” is now going viral on Facebook and other social network sites. Here’s a snapshot of the controversial textbook:
Offensive? Learn to deal with it, folks.
I am a Filipino and I am not offended. Like they say, reality bites.
My complaint about this issue is not ‘racism’ or ‘ethnic’ or ‘racial discrimination. In my personal opinion, this ‘racial harmony’ task has nothing to do with racism or race. It has something to do with a Hong Kong student’s personal perception of foreigners (e.g., Filipinos, Indians, British and Chinese) based on what they do in Hong Kong.
However, I believe I must make haste to clarify my position that I don’t agree with this academic task or subject for it cheapens the purpose of education and it weakens the ability of young students to think properly, objectively, and independently. The purpose of ethnic or racial studies in schools, according to its race-obsessed, left-leaning proponents and advocates, is to teach students the importance of racial harmony and multiculturalism. The image above shows why this academic strategy won’t work. Ethnic or racial studies will only make young people more obsessed about their race and see themselves as either superior or inferior to other races. Race is merely a social construct, because biologically (not politically or intellectually) speaking, we all have the same biological and physiological attributes under the skin. The best way to combat racism and racial discrimination is to stop talking and being obsessed about race!
Yet politically, the question that popped up in my mind is: What the hell went wrong?
Didn’t we ban foreign professionals and foreigners from buying and owning lands– and didn’t we limit foreign participation in business through our 60-40 ownership law?
Our draconian, anti-economics protectionist laws are supposed to benefit Filipinos and protect our industries against destructive foreign competition. This is what our political geniuses and intellectuals, most of whom are UP alumni, have been telling us for decades! What went wrong here in the Philippines and what went right in Hong Kong and other economically freer countries?
For instance, the Court of Appeals recently ruled that international forwarding firm FedEx should cease operating in the country because its presence is detrimental to the interest of local competitors and the country’s economy as a whole. This decision will certainly benefit local forwarding firms that actually don’t pay well and can’t compete.
Despite our protectionist laws, why did most Filipinos end up working as maids or domestic helpers in countries that are economically freer than the Philippines?
The logic (or lack of it) behind our Filipino First policies and protectionism is to make Filipinos the masters of their own domain. Instead, our Protectionism has been, for decades, forcing millions of jobless and ambitious Filipinos to work abroad due of lack of jobs and opportunities here. Instead, our Protectionism only benefits the oligarchs (some of them became filthy rich through subsidies, government loans, grants, etc.) and politically connected cronies due to lack of economic competition.
We have very expensive electricity and Internet services today because of lack of competition, government taxation, and intrusive regulations. Yes, apart from taxation, regulations cost companies billions.
Our failing economy is a product of voodoo economics. Like the science-spouting Marxists who believe that punishing the rich would benefit the poor, the Filipino protectionists, past and present, believed that banning and limiting foreign participation would make our country more prosperous than the OFW destination countries that embraced economic openness.
What happened to countries that opened their economies to foreigners? Well, all of these non-protectionist or economically freer countries are now OFW destinations such as Hong Kong, Singapore, United States, Canada, UAE and Japan.
So, instead of getting butt-hurt and accuse Hong Kong nationals of racism, Filipinos should reflect upon the failed economic policies and protectionism of their government and economic planners. The people in Hong Kong are not racist, and this is proven by Hong Kong’s openness to trade and foreign participation. In fact, the bigoted anti-Filipino groups in Hong Kong and in Singapore simply share the anti-trade, protectionist mentality of Filipino leftists, nationalists and protectionists. It is our protectionist policies and laws that are actually ‘racist’ and discriminatory.