“Filipino Chinese are different from mainlanders.” — Tsinoy appeals to social media amid corona virus scare & growing anti-Chinese sentiments

There has been a growing anti-Chinese sentiment not just in the Philippines but in other parts of the world.

Some Westerners are feeling threatened, perhaps by the growing wealth and power of China.

The corona virus outbreak isn’t helping the Chinese cause at all.

Even the Filipino-Chinese community are starting to feel the heat as well.

Some Filipinos, who cannot distinguish between Chinese mainlanders and the Filipino-Chinese are starting to hate them as well.

Let this be clear – I don’t hate the Chinese mainlanders. I respect them. I only hate their communist leaders for bullying the Philippines in the Spratlys.

Moving forward, an open letter addressed to fellow Filipinos, written by a Filipino-Chinese named Kerwin Sy has been making the rounds online.

Sy said that he was speaking in behalf of the Filipino-Chinese community to dispel misconceptions about the Fil-Chinese and to educate fellow Filipinos that they are more Filipinos than Chinese.

Sy said that like the local Pinoys, they eat banana-que, street foods like isaw as much we do. Even dipping the stick like everyone would dip it, disgusting as it may sound. He loves kare-kare and anything with coconut sauce (he meant milk).

Sy said they don’t eat exotic animals like bats and snakes. Much more dogs, rats and cats.

Sy also wrote that Filipino-Chinese don’t spit, pee or take a dump anywhere. In fact, they love this country so much that they are sorry that some, if not a lot of Filipinos are dirty, leaving garbage in the parks, or just throwing the ATM receipts on the floors of the vestibules. He said he dreamed of public toilets in the Philippines as clean as Japan.

Sy clarified in the end that his post is not a hate-post towards Mainland Chinese because they understand they are also people with lives, who feels love, joy and pain as much as we do.

You may read the original article below now.

We the Fil-Chinese community want the below to be known by our Pinoy friends:

1. Filipino Chinese are different from mainlanders. We are here because our grandparents or even great grandparents chose to leave China to escape oppression and a hard life. What I mean by a hard life often means choosing between life or death. Think about this. They would rather come to a colonized country. Period.

2. We don’t eat exotic animals like bats and snakes. I personally checked out a snake-serving street food shop in Taiwan and could not bring myself to buy from them. We don’t eat dogs, cats and rats. We like whatever food you guys eat. I love Kare-kare and anything with coconut sauce.

3. We eat Banana-que and street foods like Isaw as much as you do. Yes, even dipping the stick where everyone would dip it, disgusting as it may sound.

4. We won’t be caught dead wearing full-on Adidas outfits or have enough money to binge buy Prada, Chanel or Louis Vuitton items. We’re more enamored with Zara or Lacoste and even those brands we find expensive.

5. We don’t haunt Casinos nor gamble our money away because we also have to work for it, often legitimately. We also suffer paying our income taxes to this government and we also complain about it like most of you.

6. We can sing Lupang Hinirang and recite Panatang Makabayan as well as the rest of you. I sang the National anthem by myself to retrieve my confiscated ID back in high school. Humiliating but that was how we were disciplined back then. And no, we do not know the words and tune to China’s national anthem.

7. Yes, we can speak straight Filipino and also endured the insufferable Filipino classes in high school and college. Yes, most of us passed them. Our dialect is mostly Fukien because that was the language our parents and grandparents spoke. No, not all of us are fluent in Mandarin. There are different skill levels and it depends on how well we studied or how much we use it.

8. We also went through CAT and ROTC. And soon it’ll be back thanks to Congress.

9. We don’t spit, pee or take a dump anywhere. In fact, we love this country so much that we are sorry that some, if not a lot of your own people are dirty, leaving garbage in the parks, or just throwing the ATM receipts on the floors of the vestibules. If you’ve seen how clean public toilets in Japan are, that’s the dream!

10. Most of us are Christians too. Being Chinese doesn’t automatically make us Buddhists. We especially don’t know kung-fu except for a few who took up Wushu during their childhood.

11. Most of us are very shy and reserved and not very participative in activities like dancing to name one, or what in our mind is considered self-demeaning activities. We are not snobs but we were brought up to be quiet, polite, respectful and to not bring shame to ourselves and our families.

12. We don’t like noise. We were brought up to be soft-spoken and quiet because our elders also hated noise. And we think that’s a good thing to apply everywhere.

13. Not all Fil-Chinese are wealthy. This is the most common misconception. Some of our grandparents had to work as “kargadors” or “trabahadors” in their youth with some of them blessed enough to build businesses passed down to our parents and to us. But not all families are that fortunate.

14. We don’t carry around large amounts of cash and we struggle through life similar to most people especially those who are in the corporate world.

15. We keep clean as much as we can. You are all welcome to smell us and realize we smell like Safeguard. I can’t speak for all but most of us don’t have body odor. I myself shower twice a day, three times in the summer because that’s the Filipino way.

16. We cheer for Gilas every chance we have and we are proud of our Filipino athletes. We are Manny Pacquiao fans. We are PBA fans. We love OPM songs and we watch local artists perform live. We do like Chinese songs but not all of us understand the lyrics and therefore, we just do a poor attempt to mouth along as the songs play.

17. The word “Intsik” is same as “Indio” – And we don’t call you that do we? We don’t even know what “Chekwa” means for it to be enough to insult us. So don’t bother using it as a derogatory word. It will just make you sound uneducated and ignorant.

18. Yes, we are also annoyed by how many they are recently in our country. In our condo building alone we experience this and it’s annoying as hell! Thankfully our relatives from China are always a delight because they are far different from the ones we are complaining about.

This is not a hate-post towards Mainland Chinese because we understand they are also people with lives, who feels love, joy and pain as much as we do.

We just need the difference to be crystal clear.

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