There have been many misguided comments that the
is the new Sick Man of
Asia. This is not true. The only semblance of a Sick Man is its economy, that
is not doing as well as the Asean states. Other than this, the Philippines is every inch a proud
sovereign state. The Pinoys are a proud people and had recently driven the
colonial master, the Philippines , out of their country.
They have reclaimed full independence of their national sovereignty, with no
foreign bases and soldiers in their country. They are even standing up to fight
USA and competing to claim
islands in the China South China Sea as theirs. They even want to claim
or take over as their new colony. They
may not be rich, but the Singapore is anything but a Sick
Man of Asia. Philippines
Reflect what qualified
of the 19th
Century as the Sick Man of Asia, the conditions of the country and people. China was not only economically
weak, the country was cut up by foreigners with foreign concessions where
foreigners lived like they owned the country, in their own enclaves in China . The foreigners have more
rights in Shanghai than the locals. When
they ended up in court, the court would rule in favour of them. And the corrupt
elites were sleeping with the foreigners, allowing more foreigners into the
country, taking over businesses and anything that had economic values, even
messing around with the govt. The foreigners were having all the good jobs and
top jobs in the country. China
What about the locals? The local Chinese were kicked aside, no jobs and begging the foreigners for jobs. The foreigners were in control of everything. the govt, the economy and jobs and wining, dining and partying everyday. The natives lost all pride as citizens of the country. Got bashed by the foreigners, kicked around by the foreigners, insulted and abused by the foreigners, as good as no talents. And the natives could not do anything and the govt could not do anything. The elites would not dare offend the powerful foreigners. The natives lost all fighting spirit in their own country. Many escaped overseas to find jobs and to look for a better life. The people lost hope in their own country and their elites.
meet these conditions?
Some, but not all. The Pinoys are still in charge in their own countries and
foreigners could not boss around with them of abuse them. The foreigners know
that in the Philippines , the Pinoys are the
owners and they better behave well in front of the Pinoys. They would not dare
to beat up a Pinoy. There is still pride in the Pinoys. How can they be called
the Sick Man of Asia? It is not just
about money? Money is dignity? It is national pride, the pride as a nation, as
a people. Lose that, you become the Sick Man of Asia. Philippines
A Sick Man of Asia is when a country is taken over by foreigners, run by foreigners, foreigners could boss around with the locals and the locals are helpless when abused by the foreigners. When the foreigners formed and lived in foreign enclaves and sneering and despising the natives. And the natives lost all pride and spirit to live, lost confidence in themselves, all planning to run away from the country, when their very own govt cannot protect them, cannot offer them good jobs, and the good jobs were taken over by foreigners.
I definitely disagree that the Philippines is the Sick Man of Asia. They even despise daft Sinkies.