Chip Tsao Scandal: Racial Slur to Pinoys

A so-called best-selling author and columnist (Chip Tsao) is making some headlines now… at the expense of his Pinay maid. I will be block-quoting his scandalous racial slur post from the Hongkong Magazine:

The War At Home
March 27th, 2009

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen on board. We can live with that—Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem—we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on—even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: there are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as $3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell every one of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout “China, Madam/Sir” loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly.” They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.

Original post HERE.

To Mr. Chip Tsao,
Your post makes my blood boil too. But I will not stoop down to your level, and lash back an attack to you and your race.
You can only do that to your maid, because she is your subordinate. But I bet you cannot do it to a Filipino of equal status. In Filipino “Yung maid lang ang kaya mo, kase sa ibang pinoy hindi mo naman kayang gawin yan at hindi talaga uubra yan.” Go find a translator. Faster!

Satire or not, I do not care.

But I am supporting the call for a public apology.

For reactions, feel free to leave some comments here. Reminder on my comment policy (NO Flames please)

Downad, Conficker and April 1

A friend asked me about the conficker/downad malware on our yahoogroups. I replied that since I am not allowed to do official PR’s (Press Releases) on this issue, I will just post some publicly available articles related to the conficker/downad malware (and some of my personal opinions if I will have some extra time). So here we go:

First some definitions.
Downad is a malware. Different AV (Antivirus/Internet Security) vendors have their own naming schemes for it: Conficker, Downadup, Kido and Downad. I won’t go on the the details why different AV have different names, it’s really a long story and maybe worth a post or two in the future.
April 1 is of course April fool’s day. By experience, we know that some malware authors’ uses special days and events (like Halloween, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc) as trigger dates for their wares.
So why is April 1 associated with Downad?
The antivirus researchers know that a widely known Downad/conficker malware variant have the date “April 1, 2009” inside its code as some sort of trigger date. Trigger date that it will do something bad.

Why Conficker/Downad is so special?

Maybe because Microsoft offered some big bounty for the malware authors responsible for the downad. Read more here

There are also some ongoing discussion in some high tech blogs that all these things are hype. My personal opinion: Better be prepared than be pwned.

In the tradition of my free six video post, Below are some six articles/links if you’re interested to dig further:

  1. New Downad Generate More URLs
  2. Conficker’s next move a mystery to researchers
  3. The Conficker Worm: April Fool’s Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?
  4. What Will Conficker Bring on April 1?
  5. Houses of Parliament computers infected with Conficker virus
  6. Trend Micro Virus Description for Downad malware variants

Will post some other related articles here (or as a new post) as we near April 1.