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Chip Tsao: Another Racist in Our Midst

Updated on August 17, 2011

The Spratlys

If it weren't so painful I'd laugh. Chip Tsao is a columnist for HK Magazine and on March 27 after publishing his views on the Spratly Islands dispute, he became the the most hated man in the Philippines. He claims the article is a satire, but while he threw some superficial digs on Russia and Japan, he spent almost the entire page talking about Filipinos and his Filipino maids and the Filipino maids of his friends. A handful of hateful, hurtful words that isn't at all satirical like he claims. Clearly he has it in for Filipinos. Maybe he had too much of the melamine laced chocolates and chugged too much of the poisoned powdered milk his country manufactures.

In a column that went online on March 27, Tsao wrote:

“Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.”

As of now, HK Magazine pulled down the article, why they didn't practice their editorial veto to stop this trash from getting out is beyond me. But I think you can still read this article in full in this link if you're on facebook:

While he complained much about the Philippines' claim to the Spratly Islands, I doubt he even knows anything about these claims.I bet he doesn't know that China's claim on the islands was based on the work "Exotic Things," which is a compendium of curiosities, including fantastical creatures like mermaids. The Chinese also claim sovereignty based on Chinese pottery found on the islands, which are mostly shipwrecked articles from Chinese galleons passing through. On the other hand the Philippines' claim is based on the doctrine of res nullius, which was recognized by the United Nations. While China boasts of a strong military presence in the islands, we have registered voters residing there and a local telecommunications company erected a cellular phone base station there in 2005.

Instead he went on and on pandering his racist remarks making fun of Filipino migrant workers who have become huge contributors to their economy. Now the Philippine government is seriously pursuing a plan to rescue his domestic help and other domestics who are being treated the way Tsao treats his.Maybe its Tsao who need saving, he needs to be saved from himself and his leftist leanings. It is just so sad to see an educated columnist who seem to have missed the ship of tolerance. He clearly hasn't learned anything from history, with this deliberate tirade on Filipinos . He needs to be stopped because the power he wields as a columnist makes him quite dangerous to the world at large. Satire or not, the gall with which he promoted these terrible thoughts of his is just unnerving. At the least its a malicious joke and a really bad one. He needs to take it back and go back to his history books to study the Spratly claims.


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    • buddygallagher profile imageAUTHOR

      Monie Maunay 

      9 years ago from manila, philippines

      amen to that and thanks for your time lyvherstory. you have a neat blog going on there...i enjoyed reading your work.

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      9 years ago

      Anyone who read the article can not pissible mistake this for satire. If you look up the comments on Chinese newspapers he is being hailed as a patriot and a hero. I don't find being a maid or a nanny disdainful, it's an honest job, just as the many gifted and talented doctors, lawyers, nurses and writers that come from the Philippines.

      My father and uncle were in the war. I know the bloody history that Filipinos have been through. We are still a young nation forging our mark in the world. This drivel and senseless excuse for an article by Chip Tsao does not diminish my love and my respect for the all the honest Filipinos out there. When I see things like this, it gives me the drive to wake up earlier in the morning and work that much harder becuase I know that one man's opinion, however widely read, does not constitute as the truth.

    • buddygallagher profile imageAUTHOR

      Monie Maunay 

      9 years ago from manila, philippines

      Thanks Jimmy, sorry for the late acknowledgement. I'm sure Tsip has been cut down to size by now. I guess he is not that aware that there are many highly intelligent Filipinos who will not stand for his brand of literature

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      9 years ago

      Hey Mr. Chip Tsao, this is not to proud myself to you or to anyone. But I'm one of your best Engineer here in Hong Kong for many years, and I am a Filipino. I'm paying my tax and in one way or another a contributor to your country's technology and economy. Mr. Tsao you need to have your sight back to 20/20 vision.

    • buddygallagher profile imageAUTHOR

      Monie Maunay 

      9 years ago from manila, philippines

      point taken ram.filipino, but while some ignorant filipinos poke fun at other races for their appearance or the weird way they talk i'd like to think its because its something different to what they're used to and because they dont know any better. can we really compare that to a highly educated, deeply entrenched journalist who calls a whole country a nation of servants in a widely read publication? if you are okay with that then that's fine. my education and my upbringing has taught me that all men are created equal, being richer or more educated than others does not really give us the license to look down on them or call them servants. i respect your opinion but im keeping mine. thanks for dropping by

      thanks too quicksand!

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      9 years ago

      have you seen in movies,TVs or even in real life that we make fun of people with black skin, we call them negro,panget etc... and also chinese we make fun on their accent and we even sing butchiki...

      now if its our turn to be joke then we cry and say foul.. lets clean first our own house!!!!

    • quicksand profile image


      9 years ago

      Schizophrenia at large!

    • buddygallagher profile imageAUTHOR

      Monie Maunay 

      9 years ago from manila, philippines

      that's what he and his magazine claims, that his article was a satire, but im sure in his mind he knew he'd get the kind of reaction he's seeing from Filipinos now and we aren't laughing. the magazine already made a public apology but tsao is nowhere to be seen lately

      i looked him up and yes cris he's a biggie in hong kong, he even had a long stretch with BBC, so this is not some ignorant man's ramblings. it is my belief that he has a huge chip on his shoulder for the Philippines and its people. maybe he was made fun of by Filipinos when he was young, or was fired by a Filipino boss or maybe scorned by a Filipino lady...

      thanks for stopping by friends!

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      from what i've read from other articles on this. chip is some journalist of repure so his articles do not pass thru the rader and straight to publication. well, there are tasteless jokes and there are truly tasteless jokes. thanks for sharing your take on the matter. :D

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      9 years ago from Free and running....

      It doesn't sound like satire to me, there is a fine line between satire and hate. I know here in America there are many jokes regarding hispanic housekeepers and I often see the ignorance in the remarks or the portrayal. nice read buddy g.


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