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Foreigners

At times I find it difficult to think of things to write about. At first everything was new to me, plus I had all day, every day to write. Now I am getting used to things around me and prefer to stay away from political talk since I did not create the system and do not want to offend anyone writing about it.

I was also hoping that from comments I would find other things to write, but most of the comments are just about that article and not many questions.

Something funny here is the term “Foreigner”. It is not used for everyone that is not a Filipino, it is used for Caucasian people. If a Filipino sees a Chinese, Japanese, Korean, they are Chinese, Japanese, Korean or just an Asian. If they see a black person, they are Negro. But when they see a white man or woman, they are Foreigners.

There is also a lot of people here that have little understanding of Europe and America. I was noticing that most English friends refer to themselves here and being from the UK. I asked why they do not say they are from England and the response I received was that if they say England, a lot of the time they are asked what part of America is that.

I was even asked one time when I said I was from Florida, is that in California?

There in Davao I have met many people from different countries, American, Canadian, English, Irish, German, French, Dutch, Swiss, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, India and probably others I cannot remember.

Coming from America, the big melting pot, I am just used to meeting people of different origins. While questioning my niece about this subject, my niece asked me if Filipinos in America are called foreigners. I do not ever remember using that in America. Since only “Native Americans” are true natives, I just remember using the country of origin or ancestry to define someone.

That last comment reminded me of something I had heard in America a while back. It was a discussion about racism and prejudice. One person comment on the fact that we have named groups such as African American, Latin American, Asian American and even Native American. They continued to comment that if you want to stop prejudice, stop putting people into groups.

9 Responses to “Foreigners”

  1. Steve Moore says:

    Hi you Two:

    Just reading; Foreigners, all I ever remember is asking People/Friends where they are from, never thought about it till now. Come to think of it you could call the Philippines, As specially Cebu & Davao "Melting Pots". Yeah I'm refered to sometimes as German and at times by little kids as "White Calbo "Bold" which now just tickles me. (PerJudging) different but the same here (Sad Also), You are Catholic, Muslim (Feared…Why??), Baptist, Morman, Etc. OK but it's really People are people!?

    Take care…………Steve

  2. Bruce says:

    Steve,
    Thanks for reading my little blog and commenting. I agree with you, when asked if I am prejudice I respond “I am prejudice against A__holes”

    I actually enjoy talking to Filipinos, but that is another article here.

  3. Ellen says:

    Hi Bruce, like I said before in your previous post, that we are used to other foreigners coming to us, knocking on our hull, just to say hi and welcome, and most times offering help with information about the city and how to go abouts. Even locals wave and shout hello (in their language). There is an obvious difference here. Nobody says hello, unless we initiate the greeting, and locals? Well, my husband gets the usual “hey Joe”.

    Anyway, are foreigners here prejudiced against other foreigners?

  4. Bruce says:

    Ellen,
    I remember you writting about this in the past. I know for me, if I am in the mall and see a caucasion I make eye contact and see how they react. Alot of times I am ignored.
    I do not know the answer. I enjoy meeting and talking to all peoples, Americans, Europeans and Filipinos. I do find more Filipinos are willing to talk to you then Foreigners.

  5. Andrew says:

    You have not been called an “import” 🙂

    Thanks for some excellent pictures from the festival. We were only able to stay the first few days.

    We found everyone very open and welcoming there!

    Some of our pictures/stories can be found here: http://citizencorps.blogspot.com

  6. Bruce says:

    Andrew,
    Thanks for reading my little blog and enjoying my photos. I looked at your blog.
    Are you part of an peace organization, your links look interesting and I am just curious about your background and associations.

  7. “Foreigner” yes,i did a couple mistakes about that word” because i always said, honey i married a foreigner, and he said your the one is a foreigner here! confused before,now i understand

  8. Anthony says:

    I am black,Chinese,and caucasian. Thank God they call me Kuya! To the point, i am light skinned and am called foreigner when i am there. Thats what i love the most about the Phil and primarily Davao, i dont since or feel and experience racism and predjudise as i have in the USA.

    • Bruce says:

      Anthony,
      Wow, what a combination. Maybe being also from California you can make a fried rice and ocra burrito. 🙂
      You are right, predjudise is low here. We are all liked or disliked the same being a Foreigner.

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