Ethnicity

I thought I'd share this when I read Evi's post regarding Ethnicity...

Ever since the issue of this family came up [in April 2006], I had second thoughts about packing rice for my son's lunch at school. He doesn't really eat in school anyway. Fingerfoods and sandwiches are much easier to prepare and to eat.

A friend's son started high school, and they started packing sandwiches for him too. But he is a growing kid, and when you are used to eating rice all the time, he feels like he is always hungry. A couple of weeks into school, he told his parents that he wants rice for his lunch! He said that he is positive that there is a Filipino in the lunch room because he eats rice with soup! Now he feels comfortable eating rice in school with his spoon and fork!

21 comments:

mama jenn said...

i understand how you feel. siyempre we dont want our kids to be humiliated, esp if they arent doing anythng wrong at all.

fayenget said...

just like my sister, nakikiramdam muna sa school.

Raquel said...

Rice are tasteless but full of sugar. I don't know why asian likes to eat this.

I do agree with MamaJenn...

Take care and good health to your family

ethel said...

ganun pala yon :) dito sa bahay ako lang yong kumakain ng rice si hubby ayaw nya :) siguro kapag may bebe na rin kami ayaw din ata :)

bugsybee said...

I was really sore when I read that article about the Filipino boy being humiliated for eating with his spoon and fork and even if they say "When in Rome, do as the Romans do", they have no right to humiliate anyone. That incident made me wonder who, between the two, is more civilized.

JO said...

Hi Jenn, Faye and Ethel!

Hi Raquel,
I guess it is just our way of life. Konti lang ako kumain ng rice, pero kung wala akong rice for days, feeling ko nanghihina ako.

Hi Bugsy,
It is really a sad incident. It makes me think it could be the reason why my son never eats his lunch at school... but even if his lunch isn't rice, he still doesn't eat them. So at least I know that he is not being ridiculed at eating rice for lunch. ",)

Ann said...

Nabasa ko rin yan dati. Rice din ang lunch ng mga bata sa school, nakasanayan na kasi.

Mga anak friend ko dito potato naman ang pinaka rice nila, dahil yun ang nakikita sa british na tatay kahit pinay yung mother.

Linnor said...

Rice to Asians his just like potatoes to the western world. It amazes me how some would not/could not understand that...

Linnor said...

oops... that should read as "is" not "his"

JO said...

Hi Ann,
My kids only like french fries... super oily naman, bad cholesterol. Mag kanin na lang sila!

Hi Linnor,
Happy birthday again!

evi said...

when i heard this news, i was so furious. it's sad that kids have to be conscious with what they eat, how they eat and what they use to eat. i think, the reason why these racists love to attack filipinos per se because we are generally loving people. but you know what... it's about time for us to stand up and fight for our cultural rights.

analyse said...

there's just some people who couldn't accept other people's culture.. ignorance?

my MIL sometimes tease me about that rice thing, and even if i explain to her that rice to us is baguette (the long bread) to them, still she couldn't understand it i guess. and sometimes, i start to be fed up with all the remarks.

Tani said...

That's so infuriating! Kids should be encouraged especially in schools to celebrate their ethnicity even in simple things such as eating. As I was reading through, I thought he was reprimanded for eating the Filipino way (using hands), but when it was mentioned that it was because he was eating by pushing food in the spoon with a fork, man, that's so unbelievable!

agring said...

I agree with Linnor. Some people just couldn't get it or just refusing to understand it.

JO said...

Hi Evi,
I didn't really want to make a post about this incident sana.

Hi Analyse,
You said it right, they are ignorant.

Hi Tani,
It is sad but it happened!

Hi Agring,
Yup, some people have their eyes closed all the time!

alynn said...

when i first came here, i thought ok lang magdala ng rice and ulam (i was 17 then) but when i started eating with my brother, pinagtawanan kami...hindi puti tumawa ha, pinoy pa na only 2yrs lang dito! after tha, di na ako nagbaon...hmp!

Vanessa said...

Wow...I never thought that one's meal is such an issue at schools there! Where's that "diversity" everyone wants to have yet is shunned the minute they see something different? It's such a troubled world we live in and unfortunately, it's the children who gets the brunt of it all...

JO said...

Hi Alynn,
ay grabe naman yan! i see some people easily changed by their surroundings, kinalimutan na ang pinanggalingan. so sad!

Hi Vanessa,
Yes, it is indeed sad!

Patrice said...

I read about this from a fellow blogger who sent me a link to the article. Sad! But I admire the mom for standing up to the school administrator. I had to get used to eating with only a fork and rice too. Pero syempre pag may sabaw like nilaga, sinigang, etc. a spoon is necessary.

MrsPartyGirl said...

ang rice kasi di ba puro carbs yan so yun talaga ang nagbibigay ng energy sa mga bata (at sa matatanda din na katulad natin, hehehe). hindi ko nga alam kung paano nabubusog ang mga bata sa baon na pb&j! kaya nga siguro mas matatalino ang mga asians dahil rice-eaters sila, kasi nag-aaral sila ng busog. mahirap yata mag-aral (at mag-retain ng lessons) pag gutom noh :D

JO said...

Hi Patrice,
Yes, matagal na nga itong issue na ito.

Hi Meeya,
I totally agree with you!