The world observes on the stand off between Philippines and China in the Panatag shoal conflict. Without knowing who really owns what, because because I am not an expert. But in the basis of it’s current geological place, I will go with Panatag shoal belonging to Philippines. My remorse toward China became evident. I was becoming more and more disgusted with this bully of a country, picking on a nation like Philippines whom we know will be squashed in an event of a military conflict. The more I ponder about this topic, I can feel this disgust growing. I was even imagining how how I could be rude, arrogant and racist towards my fellow Australians. Even though we are Australians we are not white Australians. I still consider myself as an Australian.
So what is this gripe about then, when I call myself Australian? Why do I feel like this when I have forgo my Filipino status? Philippines do not have any jurisdiction over me—unless of course I travel to Philippines and get into mishaps. The one and only thought that comes in mind is that of heritage. I am of Filipino background who lives in Australia. The ties that I have to Philippines is that I was born there. I kept thinking that I shouldn’t be feeling this way. The middle east war didn’t have an affect on me so why is this any different?
It’s a sense of belonging. We as humans are social bunch of beings. We week some sort of identity and belonging. It’s like being in an exclusive club. In my case, being a Filipino-Australian. Just like the other cultures migrating to Australia and calling it their home.
As a Filipino living in Australia—or any other countries for that matter. We shouldn’t be feeling this way. We have after all renounced our previous citizenships and became Australians. It’s just fitting that we live like one—well almost—otherwise we would call call ourselves true-blue Australians, which is simply an impossibility considering we look like Asians.
This brings me to war. If and hopefully not. A global war erupts, and every citizen needs to be patriotic and be involved. Let’s say, you have the freedom to choose which country you could be representing. In my case Philippines or Australia. As I ponder about this, it’s really hard to choose. I have spent most of my life here in Australia and I have always felt I am Australian. Yet when it become to being patriotic, I am somewhat divided. I believe in this regard thought, it is largely due to the fact that I am an immigrant and have cultural ties to my motherland. The Philippines.
Ultimately though, I feel that I will be choosing Australia. I am even trying to change Jobelle Alaysa’s ways of thinking in alignment to how we think here in Australia. After all, when the time is right, she will be here with me! It is because this is my home country. Have you ever thought about an event like this would happen and which country you will choose to side on?