Manila Bulletin writer Krizette Laureta Chua, as her last name suggest is a Fil-Chinese has taken to Facebook expressing her thoughts on some Fil-Chinese posting on social media the difference between them and the mainlanders who just arrived in the Philippines. [Link here]
“All these Fil Chi (yes including my own relatives, hello sa inyo) posting this status detailing the differences between us who grew up in the PH and the mainlanders who just arrived here.
Chu reminded fellow Fil-Chinese that there ancestors weren’t any different from the newcomers. They rowed their way to the Philippines from China and were mainlanders before they successfully assimilated in Filipino culture. The new generation Chinese assimilated for generations.
“Guys, our lolos and lolas weren’t any different. They rowed their way here from China and were mainlanders before they assimilated to the Filipino culture. We assimilated for generations.
Chu revealed that there are still many racist Fil-Chinese, not all but many. For example, many of them calls Filipinos – huana- a derogatory term. To add to that, Chu remarked that many Fil-Chis do not allow theirs sons and daughters to marry Filipinos; old school Chinoys who treat their Filipino helpers differently. Chu said that if that was there thing, she has no problem with that but she told fellow Fil-Chinese not to pretend they are better than mainlanders.
“Excuse you, marami pa rin sa mga Fil Chi ang racist. Not all, but madami. Marami pa rin sa atin who call Filipinos—huana—derisively. Who don’t allow their precious sons and daughters to marry Filipino people, and there are old school Chinoys who even treat their kang lang and huanapo (Helpers) differently. If that’s your thing—ok lang kung you don’t want to marry Filipinos or whatever—but let’s not pretend we are better than mainlanders naman.
Chu isn’t done yet admonishing the Fil-Chinese community, telling them not feel any better because they’re not any worse. The Chinese mainlanders are the they are for cultural reasons and embracing them means they need to be educated, not insulted.
“Wag tayong feeling guys. We’re not any better, we’re not any worse. They are the way they are for cultural reasons, and assimilating here means they need to be educated, not insulted.
Chu urged the Fil-Chinese to imagine if the Filipinos before treated their ancestors the way many Filipinos and Chinoys act towards mainlanders now.
“Imagine-nin ninyo if the Filipinos before acted towards our ancestors the way many Filipinos and even Chinoys act towards mainlanders now.
Chu reckoned many of them would still be farming in China and living in poverty, just like the “maleducated” Chinese mainlanders who are now going through hardships. According to Chu, these mainlanders are ill-mannered because their governments in the past gave them a hard life. They would not be here, reaping the benefits of their ancestors who were given countless chances to work hard.
“Asan tayong lahat? FARMING IN CHINA, NAGHIHIRAP DIN, the way naghirap itong mga “maledukadong” Chinese na pina hirapan ng mga gobyerno nila dati kaya ganyan sila. Wala tayo dito, reaping the benefits of our ancestors who were given countless chances to work hard.
Chu admitted that none of them have royal ancestry. Otherwise, their ancestors wouldn’t have migrated to the Philippines if they were super rich in China before.
“Wala sa atin ang galing royalty in China. Our ancestors wouldn’t have sought greener pastures if we were super rich in China before.
Chu said the new generation Fil-Chinese are the lucky ones because the Filipinos allowed their ancestors to do business here.
“And most of us have money now because the Filipinos allowed our forefathers to do business here.
Lucky because there ancestors were brave enough to come here. Those who weren’t suffered. Chu offered a word of advice to the Fil-Chinese community that with their success, should come generosity.
“We were the lucky ones because our ancestors were brave enough to come here. Those left behind suffered. With luck and good fortune, should come magnanimity.
Chu ended the FB post by feigning surprise that the feeling of disgust comes from the Fil-Chinese community.
“Talaga lang ha. Sa Chinoy community pa talaga may pandidiring nangyayari. Hala kayo. lol.
Source: Krizette Chu