Something smells kimchi…

In ten years of working in the field of education, I devoted three to four of them in Korean companies. If there is one thing I learned about them aside from how they make kimchi, it’s their intense pride in their nation, their culture, their language, their skin.

A high sense of superiority for one’s culture can only dictate this statement:

“I was teased because I looked like a Filipino because of my skin color.”

Koreans are aware of the influence of their media to their people and so do we. This statement therefore is alarming. How far has discrimination against Filipinos gone in that country for ‘looking like a Filipino’ to be considered ‘troublesome’ in a show?

I am quite grateful that @royaltykai from Twitter has raised this issue and voiced her opinion to what many Filipinos prefer to shrug off. I understand her frustration: how come a culture can be loved and another culture, or even skin-color be discriminated against?

Before anybody tears his or her head off out of contempt and anger, let me start this discussion by saying Koreans’ general impressions are affected by how often they interact with Filipinos:

  1. Koreans stay in the Philippines to study English.
  2. Koreans pay for online English courses with Filipino teachers.
  3. Koreans put up businesses in the Philippines and interact with Filipino clients or even Filipino helpers.
  4. South Korea’s economic status is far better than the Philippines (2017, CountryEconomy)

Why do these matter? If perhaps, Koreans interact with Indonesians/ Thai more often, would they use the same comparison? Most likely. The use of the word ‘Filipino’ in the statement, or even in the TV show, was the game changer. Let’s be honest, Filipinos, we don’t own the skin-color ‘kayumanggi.’ We have a word for it, that’s true, but it’s just like having multiple words for rice—it’s a part of our distinction but we don’t have sole ownership to rice as to a skin-color. If you travel to other places in Asia, you will find that not only Filipinos have the enviable golden brown complexion. However, the Koreans, influenced by any of the aforementioned reasons or not, in the show still associated ‘Filipino’ to the color and even successfully managed to claim it was a ‘problem.’ Should we be grateful that at least ‘Filipinos’ were given limelight no matter how in poor taste it was? Don’t make me laugh.

In 2015, the number of Koreans in the Philippines has reached about a hundred thousand, undeniably attracted by the lower cost of living in our country as opposed to the first world standards of South Korea. I have already said more than once in my life, Filipinos are too welcoming. It’s the downside of our hospitality that our visitors, after exhausting our goods and safely coming back to their own land, would even ridicule our skin-color. It has been deeply ingrained in our system that what we do to others will also be done to us that is why as much as possible we try our best to show the best of ourselves, hoping that we in turn might receive the same respect elsewhere. Have we in any case insulted Koreans in our mainstream TV or perhaps associate ‘Korean’ negatively? Please let me know because I am ignorant.

I do understand that we must not blame the victims– in this case, yes Filipinos seem to be the victims—but I say, we must stop playing the victims. Something must be done about it but it doesn’t mean we have to douse ourselves with papaya or extracts and other whitening ingredients. We have our own prejudices—that’s a fact. Aren’t the Chinese often misrepresented in our TV shows and sitcoms? @royaltykai was right when she said we are also prejudiced against our own people (Negra and Ita were the common terms used when I was in elementary).

Should we fight fire with fire and catapult insults in our airwaves like, “Your face is as flat as a Korean!” or “You have Korean legs” or “You smell like Kimchi”–I do looooooooooove kimchi by the way but it doesn’t make me go gaga over a person whose armpits smell like fermented cabbage. Should we ban famous Korean artists we have learned to love from coming to the Philippines? Do we have the power to ban some Koreans who have insulted Filipinos from coming to our country? These ‘answers’ may look atrocious, even childish and do not even solve the core of the problem in any way.

The solution then, aside from calling the producers of the show out and demanding an apology, is to fiercely love our nation, culture, and language, our skin-color, the way Koreans love theirs or even more. A member of a different nationality no matter how good his or her intentions are won’t be able to educate one entire nation, no matter how small, into believing that something is beautiful. In South Korea where the standard of beauty is so rigid that it even often discriminates its own people, how can a Filipino proclaim, “This skin-color is beautiful, we are beautiful.” Take Pia Wurtzbach for example. She was a confirmed SUJU fan but did she ever see the need to comply with the standards of beauty Koreans have? No. She is very proud of her skin-color. Before you start telling me, “yeah, she’s a queen,” darling, you have reached the end of my long work and completely missed]nbvcdcdc1 my point. Before she was Queen Pia, she was Miss Philippines and before that, she’s Pia, a Filipina proud of her skin-color and giving it the respect it deserves.

I can almost hear others say, That’s only skin-color! There are more pressing issues around the world! There is nothing more important than world peace.

But of course! Some people would choose to believe that we better take the high road and think, “at least we’re not the first one to cast the stone.” After all, not all Koreans think poorly of Filipinos. Yes, that’s true as well but it doesn’t change the fact that some still do. The issue of colors has long pervaded history of wars around the world—it’s hardly new anymore but it’s still prevalent. Welcome to the group of people who are not appreciated because of their skin-color. Stand tall and be proud! It’s much easier than putting up a business that could rival Samsung, employing thousands of Koreans, and finally solving our country’s economic problems.

 

Postscript:

Permission to post tweets has been granted by the owner of the thread. Also, I would like to emphasize that I am not against Koreans. I am against any idea, philosophy, people, or group that irrationally degrades the nation I represent.

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April 2018 Articles

Time flies so fast! Just a backstory, I started collating articles on April first and now here we are, on the last day! Is this intro something worth reading? No? I thought so!

A Guide to Twitter Hashtags for Book Bloggers (WordPress)

Image result for sipping tea gifI have just been using #amreading (or #amwriting) every time I tweet about books. I do even participate in some book tags from Book Fairies and the sort but I want to try #bookchat and #booktalk. Personal inhibitions prevent me from posting lots of things in Twitter though because people could be very savage there. VERY. Though I can be pretty savage myself, I personally think it is tiring to argue with someone you don’t know over something you can look at from different perspectives.

20 Lord Of The Rings Memes That Prove The Movies Make No Sense

I just want to clarify: I absolutely love The Lord of the Rings. Don’t burn me just because I found this list hopelessly hilarious.

How Much Should Your Boss Know About You?(BBC)

Just as long as I hit my KPIs, it doesn’t matter, does it?

Are People Misinterpreting Your Email Sign-off?(BBC)

It hardly matters these days particularly to those who don’t write emails anymore.

My Favorite and Least Favorite Harry Potter Novel (WordPress)

I saw Harry Potter and Dani in one post, I clicked. Enough said.

Bellatrix Lestrange: ESFP(WordPress)

A chief operating officer asked about my article on INTJs so down I went into the rabbit hole.

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…oh hey, I wrote a book (WordPress)

Novel Excuses has shared the process of how she finished the first draft of her book, champagne, cat and all. Don’t ask me about my second manuscript– yes, it’s been a draft for ages, I know.

 

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Manga Monday #4 : Who are your favorite manga writers?

I tagged myself to Manga Monday by Bailey of Nerd of New York.


This is quite difficult to answer because I don’t really love to follow the writers ごめんなさい!The mangaka-tachi listed below came up to my mind because they made my favorite animations. For reference, see here.

 

  1. Takehiko Inouetakehiko-inoue

  2. Eiichiro Odaeiichiro-oda

    I have a personal attachment to Oda since I read even his tiny notes in One Piece and I do believe he has a cool- and cruel-personality lol.

The Reading Habits Book Tag

I found another book tag and it’s from Mark Balas of Bong Bong BooksAccording to him, he got the idea from a video in Youtube and I quote:

Originally created by Booktuber The Book Jazz, The Reading Habits Book Tag is about answering questions that will tell how, when and where you mostly read.🙂 By answering the questions, we might learn what weird things other readers do. Here’s the original video.

You can click HERE to read Mark’s original post and his answers to the tags! Now, as for mine:

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I don’t mean to do it all the time but maybe because I love natural light’s effect on pages, I often read at the first few steps of our stairs near the window. Also, the wide wooden steps offer a large area for my coffee and smartphone.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Nice question! I do love using random objects as my bookmark because unlike others I don’t think spending even a penny for a good bookmark is reasonable. I know they look fancy but what’s fancier than your boyfriend’s photo as your bookmark but I personally think the cards I got from RunRio Registrations serve the purpose. If I can’t find any other bookmark, I just remember the pages.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

When at home and free to read as much as I want, I binge-read so I try to finish a book within certain hours. However, when I really have to pause because I need to do something life-threatening, I can stop whenever I want to and return in 299 792 458 m / s.

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4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Eating is difficult when reading. I’m overprotective of the wonderful pages of worlds in my hands so I prefer to just have a cup of coffee right beside me.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Either. When I’m at work, it’s music but when I’m in the middle of my Harry Potter Marathon, I prefer rereading the books while the movies play in the background.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

One book at a time. I read faster that way. Also, because I have a thing for series, I can get through the entire collection without being confused.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. Home, someone’s home, MRT, planes, restaurants, and fastfood chains, parks… I haven’t tried it under the sea though so I won’t assume being all-knowing. lol

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8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently because I love how I sound in my head. I’m sure you all have these amazing accents that you can’t do in real life, too! For example, whenever I read Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes or Lord of the Rings, I assume a British accent that I cannot sustain when speaking. There are still those times when I just read a wonderful line out loud particularly when it’s THAT good.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I prefer not doing that because it spoils everything. Once I do this, it only means the book is boring and not worth every word.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Keeping it like new even though some of my books are pre-loved, bought from Booksale. I prefer not putting any adhesive when covering my books, too. Also, I prefer buying the hardbound ones to avoid ruining the spine because when I return them to the shelves, they still look as good as new.

11. Do you write in your books?

NOOOOOOOOO. Heavens, no!voldemort-huh

I know it helps other people remember lines or understand words better when they put notes but I prefer not doing that. The most I make is put my signature in front and the date and place I got the book. That’s it.

12. Who do you tag?

The usual people I tag when there’s a book tag lol.
Syme, Out and Proud
Azelle, Life, Lemons, Escapades
Maiden,  Sushi and Adobo
Leticia, Shh I am Reading
JL Hunt, Hunt’s Clubhouse
Balie, Noveler’s Blog
Ella, Gabrielleluna
Lovely, Now Brewing 2013
Amy, Novelgossip
Alyssa , Book Huntress’ World


Disclaimer: Feature image is from the owner of the tag. XD

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Manga Monday #2: What is the scariest anime you ever watched?

I tagged myself to Manga Monday by Bailey of Nerd of New York.


Having watched Tokyo Ghoul and Attack on Titans, I never thought I’d see another anime that could scare me–more like disgust me in the process. It’s a story about this girl who has an insatiable desire to eat human flesh until she goes through a disgusting metamorphosis… simply reminds me of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis and the movie District 9, both I wish I could permanently delete from my memory.

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Attack on Titan – the soundtrack and story line will distract you, I promise.

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Tokyo Ghoul – the fight scenes are so awesome, you’ll love the ghouls!

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I just remembered that the title of this Manga Monday is Scariest Anime, not the scariest anime you ended up loving (Tokyo Ghoul is FREAKING AWESOME). Ok, I’m going to stop now. XD

Bookaholics Anonymous – Book

I read The Inky Awkto ‘s answers for this book tag [which you can read by clicking on his name XD] and I found them fascinating so I went ahead and answered the questions myself. I’m so sorry if I can’t find the person responsible for this tag.

1. What do you like about buying new books?

The thrill it gives me, of course! I like sniffing my own books, which sounds disgusting to other people but I’m ok with that. So when I purchase new books, I always get excited thinking about how it smells. Also, I’m a hoarder so I’m always enthusiastic to build my collection.

2. How often do you buy new books?

Just when I feel like it… Or when I finish some from my stash. Or when there’s a completed series available in box sets. Yep, box sets get to me faster than a regular book would. There is something about a completed series that makes you think you deserve the set. The fact that it’ll look good on your shelf.

3. Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Bookstores. Traditional book hunting is my pick-me-up habit. Reorganizing shelves in bookstores gives me satisfaction that there was a time I seriously considered changing jobs.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

Powerbooks because the selection is awesome and they have couches you can actually use if there is a book you want to read. They even encourage people to read available copies of the book so you don’t need to do it discreetly as in other bookshops with plastic film-covered copies.

However, since I also have a thing for pre-loved books, when my stingy self calls to me and tells me I can purchase good books for a cheap price, I go to the nearest Booksale.

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5. Do you preorder books?

I only did it for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I don’t think I’ll be preordering any other books unless it is from J.K. Rowling.

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I don’t really think I do but my father often tells me that I buy books faster than I read them so maybe I should. Lol

7. Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

I don’t really ban myself from buying any book.

8. How big is your wishlist?

My wishlist tends to be very short because I end up buying the books I want the week after [Heads up, I failed the marshmallow test].

9. Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Will 3 different covers do? I already have two sets of Harry Potter but I still want to purchase these because of the covers… I know I’m hopeless.

 

10. Tagging?

Syme, Out and Proud
Azelle, Life, Lemons, Escapades
Maiden,  Sushi and Adobo
Leticia, Shh I am Reading
JL Hunt, Hunt’s Clubhouse
Balie, Noveler’s Blog
Ella, Gabrielleluna
Lovely, Now Brewing 2013
Amy, Novelgossip
Alyssa , Book Huntress’ World