Talking About Race in the Philippines

One may be tempted to call racism a ‘Western’ problem.

But why is that when a Chinese-Filipino gets achieves a record-breaking high grade at her university, we throw her shade for her ethnicity? Why is it that, when Pacquiao lost his fight to Mayweather, the insults from Filipinos flooding social media were racial (and sexual) in nature?

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Persona non grata: PH's obsession with social media

Many by now have heard of the recent declaration of blogger Nathan Allen, a.k.a. I Dreamed of This, as persona non grata in the province of Sorsogon. The reason for his plight? A not-so-positive blog post on his website, wherein the blogger recounts a ‘disappointing’ and potentially dangerous experience in Donsol.

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