Sign of unity and self-respect

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 April, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 April, 1996, 12:00am

In reference to Joanna Tung's letter, headlined, 'Filipino flag waving signals inferiority complex' (South China Morning Post, April 16), I feel I must write against her rather ignorant understanding of human nature.

How dare she refer to the Filipino women who gather in Central on Sundays as 'undignified'? That these women choose to regularly congregate in public, in the face of destructive ethnic criticism of the line vented by Ms Tung, is a sign of strength, unity and self-respect. What can be seen on Sunday in Central, instead of the 'puerile flag-waving', of an 'undereducated' Filipino community with 'criminal tendencies' as Ms Tung implies, is the expression of identity by a community as a defence mechanism against such implications. How less dignified is the gathering of Filipino's than the swaying crowds of seemingly well-educated Westerners in Lan Kwai Fong that congregate with an equal camaraderie and regularity every Friday and Saturday night? The reality for most is that even if you are a skilled Philippine national you can make more money by accepting menial work in Hong Kong than you can by remaining at home.

These people certainly haven't moved here only to have the privilege of being insulted by you, Ms Tung.

Perhaps they will lose their supposed 'inferiority complex' when some members of our society cease to regard these people as inferior.