I don’t want to start a Philippines vs. Hong Hong thread. I just want opinions on the thread question.
A Hong Kong media man described the Philippines as a “Land of domestic helpers.” I can’t recall the rest of his monologue but it was definitely not a favorable recommendation. You can imagine Philippine reaction when they read about this. But the subsequent response from both the Hong Kong media and the Filipino-Chinese community surprised me. They said it was another case of touchy Filipinos beating the war path, pushed on by the notorious “Pinoy Pride.” They said it was “merely” a “satire” about the Philippines. Sophomoric local writers even wrote columns in the dailies, defining “satire” in English, meaning to demonstrate our lack of understanding of the word.
I reacted to this in a funny way because I know for a fact that the Philippines, poor and backward as it is, is perhaps the best English-speaking country in Asia, bar none. I found the claim that we failed to see the humor or anything constructive behind the supposed satire even more insulting.
What say you?