Why are "WE" always discriminated/look down to

Philippines
August 27, 2010 4:25am CST
It seemed so hard but it's true. Other Asians had been looking down on us for so long. Is there any history that we filipinos looked down on our neighbors at the height of our strong economic power during the 50's and 60's. some how i feel we didn't deserve this. We should keep on Proving ourselves worthy to be respected. but we are, aren't we? but this situation brought us back to zero. what have we done to deserve this much?
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@bloemart (222)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
Nobody deserves to be discriminated. As i look back to our history, we didn't discriminate any of our neighbor countries. The reason we are discriminated sometimes is because of what other Filipinos doing with other foreigners. Before some of my students went to Intramuros. someone told them to get a ride from a Chariot (kalesa) for only 50. so the Koreans are eager to ride with the chariot. After that the driver was asking them to pay P50,000.00 My student were shocked because they thought it was only P50.00. They didn't pay the P50,000. because it was so expensive, and then he asked them to pay P10,000.00 for discount. then they end up to P300.00. when the students told me about that I was speechless. I couldn't say anything. I didn't say sorry because i didn't do that. So i just told them that they must study english well so that nobody can fool them. See the reason people are being discriminated is because of our fellow actions.
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@chiyosan (30205)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
I don't really know! I guess it was what we have done to ourselves that made us this way.. we could've made it big back then, we could have made ourselves known for other things... our country's leaders could have pushed for a better country, with coconuts, pineapple, or mango as exports... i remember back in GMA's time... when his team are so proud tht our exports are not products but our exports are filipino overseas workers! I know there is nothing wrong with that... but them, being away for their families, risking everything because they could not find greener pasteurs here in our own country is a give away. we could have made everything sooo much better but we did not, our leaders have miserable failed us everytime.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
Nice idea there on the exports are foreign workers. But I think the situation now in the Philippines is that there are a few good paying jobs and people are afraid of setting up their own business. The government should focus more on entrepreneurship skills because I think that doing business is a way to alleviate the Philippines economy.
@bloemart (222)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
i agree, we should do some our own products and sell it in our country. We should buy our own products to provide work and pay taxes that we can use to elevate our economy. I always buy filipino products. I am proud to be Pinoy.
• Philippines
30 Aug 10
you are right. before we are so proud of almost everything, our exports, our celebrities who made into the internation stardome. so happy
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
There will always be discriminations in almost any country you go to. This is something not unique to us but to other countries as well who have citizens working abroad, especially if they are employed as skilled or non-skilled workers. I have seen other online forums wherein they also despair about discriminations they have to endure while working in a particular country but the government cannot do anything to help them. Even in USA right now which is suffering from a very hard recession, many white Americans are looking down on Mexicans and any dark colored people are often suspected as illegal immigrants. We should count our blessings and be proud that we dont treat foreigners as inferior to our race.
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
this is why i agree with you. because it does happen to other countries. trouble is, we are more likely criticized in the asian continent. it's hard though and sad but at least we are not that poor or controlled compare to north korea.
@diogz22 (516)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
I guess you are right we are always discriminated and look down. Since all the decent jobs that the other countries considered as a low paying job is taken by us Filipinos. What are this jobs? This jobs are maids, dishwashers and such. That is one reason why they treat us that way. We can't blame them though. It is our choice to enter those jobs. But then come to think of it those jobs are respectable and decent jobs so I just don't understand why they treat those jobs as like those.
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
xtedax, yes it is.that's what i have come to know too.but for a long time and i am not saying it openly. actually, we discriminate our own.
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@xtedaxcvg (3190)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
I think it's we are at fault. We ourselves have no love for our country hence people from other nations would look down on us. The intense corruption that's happening in our country would also be a factor. I guess another reason is because people tend to discriminate regardless of nationality.
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
varron, those are all correct.i agree that not all discriminate us, to some at least. but i don't know about the people of hongkong.
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@varron (453)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
i see logical reasons behind this. We are discriminated because of the following reasons: 1: We have a poor economy, and because of this, we have a poor political power that could influence in the Asian region. This is normal for a developing and behind country like us. Same thing what had happen between the rich and the poor. 2:Another factor is the poor thinking or illogical thinking of man. Many people in the world educated or not doesn't know how to think logically,for them "the error of one is an error of all" something like the errors of Mendoza is the error of all Filipino" or the errors of one Filipino is an error of all Filipino".Jumping into conclusion without investigation. We should not think the way they think, for not all people in Asia discriminate us..."the discrimination of one Asian is not a discrimination of all Asian","the discrimination of one Chinese is not a discrimination of all Chinese.
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
damned_idle, yes, but it's gonna be another burden on our part. obviously, we didn't deserve this. i feel sad, that we are going to another point of trial.
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@andy77e (5165)
• United States
30 Aug 10
The filipino culture is falling apart. Why, I do not know. The best way to not get looked down on, is by proving yourself. Live a good life. Have a good family. Work hard, and do your best, and be honest, in every situation. Find G-d again, and live for him. Return to the ways that are good, and people will respect you.
@jhyan007 (467)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
...i can completely understand your sentiments about this...it might be sad but it is a fact that the percentage between good and bad is really different...what i mean is that, when people make one mistake, it's like an equivalent to 10 good deeds....yes you are right that we don't deserve this, but instead of thinking so hard what made them look down us or discriminate us, it would be best to strive more and prove to them that they are wrong..=)
@juggerogre (1659)
• Philippines
28 Aug 10
Most of the time yes but always? Nah. There are situations where we Filipino are look up to. For example would be in the field of boxing, billiards and bowling. I think we have the best players in those events/sports. Also we are still dominating our south east Asia neighbors in basketball. Regarding history I don't know if we look down on other countries in the height of our economic power. And yes we should continue prove ourselves that we are worthy of being respected. And I hope that "most of the time" will become "some times" some day.
• United States
27 Aug 10
Unfortunately just being born. Apparently people just have a problem with others. There is absolutely no reason why anyone and I mean anyone to discriminate and or pass judgements without even knowing a person. Chances are if discriminators actually opened their minds they will find that people are if not better than they think.
• United States
27 Aug 10
Many feel that they are better then someone else that is why they look down on them. As long as people hold that attitude then society will be held back.
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
It is actually a wake-up call to all of us Filipinos to strive for the best and never accept corruption and mediocrity as part of their life. If our country becomes progressive, the economy grows and its people starts to find a better life and job in their own motherland. There will be lesser and lesser migrant workers and thus lesser discriminations and racism experienced in foreign land. Already there are high hopes as the economy forecasts look bright. If we can sustain our growth to 7 to 10% per quarter then we could slowly but surely achieve our dreams. We should give the new administration of PNoy a chance to lead us into the right path, because if we failed then there probably wont be another chance left. It is all up to us, really, if we work united like our Asian neighbors, or succumb to defeatist attitudes that brought us to this low point.
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
Yea, you're right. I also have a concern about that issue. Some race are degrading our being Filipinos & most especially our country. I also don't know the REAL reason behind this, but I think it's because of our poor economy. And of course, the recent hostage crisis has added another FAILURE to our country, that's why other people will keep on discriminating us. I can see that they are pointing us out as "WEAKLINGS OF THE EARTH" [?]
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
that's because we screw up. for ten years since the Edsa we have yet to progress our growth and thus, we deteriorate.an actor did mentioned that services are going down, meaning it's quality is going down. what happened in this incident is a proof of it. we can always start over. let it pass. am sure the anger will be gone.
@damned_dle (3944)
• Philippines
27 Aug 10
If you are talking about the hostage taking incident then YES we do deserve the discrimination. What have we done to deserve the discrimination? The question must be "What have we done to NOT deserve the discrimination?". There are many hostage taking here in the Philippines, especially the rebel groups doings. And aside from that there are so many reasons like mail order brides, domestic helpers abroad, dirty politics, stupid people like the PNP and many more. And with our present government not doing anything about those things, expect it to continue spiraling down. But are we the worst country in the World? No we aren't and we are not the poorest too. It is just that we are too busy defending ourselves from other people's discrimination against us that we don't see how lucky we are compared to other countries that have much worse conditions than ours.