February 14, 2018 12:16am CST
My students informed me that we will not have our duty on Friday. I asked them why. They said, “Ma’am, it is declared by our president because it is Chinese New Year”. I asked our clinical coordinator who was also on afternoon shift like me yesterday, and he said he does not know yet and he has to ask our dean if there will be no duty on Friday. I hope he will inform us ahead of time, maybe this afternoon or tomorrow, and not on Friday, because we, clinical instructors, should condition ourselves for duty in to handling students in our areas. Do you get an extra day off for the Chinese New Year? I wonder too, why we should celebrate the CNY when we are not Chinese.
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I think you have forgotten that we have a lot of borrowed cultures and traditions from Chinese people. Plus we do have chinatowns everywhere in this country. Most of our successful businessmen are Chinese Filipino and they are those who are funding our government and politicians. Now don't you think it's only right that we get to take a day off, even just for a day? Because Chinese new year holidays start the day before, but we get the holiday for only one day and not two days. By the way, most Filipinos have Chinese ancestry. Better check your family history.
No. As far as I can remember, I know my family's genealogy and I don't have chinese ancestry from my late late grandparents. Of course I know about how the Chinese gave some customs and traditions in our country. Noodles for long life during birthdays is already one, so with the feng shui. It is just my personal opinion why we celebrate the Chinese new year and I do not mean to besmirch the celebration.