Like many other Pinoys, I am glad that HK Magazine has issued an apology following the article of its columnist, Chip Tsao. The article berated Filipinos as a “nation of servants”. Of course, more than the issue of domestic helpers, this was the writer’s reaction to Philippine claims on the Spratlys.
But what about the writer himself? It is not enough that the magazine issues an apology. The writer himself should issue an apology. And he should be sanctioned as well by his publication, and if there is one, a self-regulatory organization for the Hong Kong Press.
First, let me state the obvious — stereotypes are really not right, especially if used in the context of discrimination. But more importantly, more than anything else, I must say that I am very proud of our domestic helpers. Yes, they do help keep our economy afloat. And we all know the sacrifices that they make for their families.
Do think about it, can Hong Kong professionals survive without a professional and dedicated DH helping them run their households? Can Chip Tsao surive without his helper, Luisa? These “servants”, as Tsao prefers to call them, are professionals. They are not slaves. And really, they do not owe a debt of gratitude to their employers, especially if they are abusive ones. It should be the other way around, really. It is our domestic helpers who have been such a great help to the people of Hong Kong — or any country for that matter. And writers like Tsao should know better and should leave matters to international diplomacy instead.
Before I go on any further, I will stop here. I will not make such a cheap writer, who gives the profession a bad name, any more space in this blog. He is really not worth my time, nor the space on this site.
But yes, he should be sanctioned. There is no room for such bigotry anywhere in this civilized society.