I absolutely love this statement from GRP (their article on 20 excuses Filipinos justify for the rampant poverty shit… ek ek):
18. We are poor because we are using English which is not our native language. Look at Japan, they use their native language that’s why they are rich.
(1) Most Singaporeans do not natively speak English as their first language and instead, have mother tongues like Hokkien, Teochew, Hainanese, Henghwa, Hokchew, Cantonese, Hakka, Malay, Javanese, Baweanese, Tamil, Malayalee, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, or others.
Yet they are educated primarily in English as that is the official medium of instruction. And lo and behold: Singapore is one of the richest countries in the world, and in 2010’s IMF ranking for GDP per Capita has surpassed Japan as being the richest East Asian country.
(2) Ireland’s native and national language is Gaeilge, aka “Irish Gaelic.” But in fact, their educational system uses English as the medium of instruction. And Ireland is number 12 in the IMF’s 2010 GDP per Capita top ranking.
(3) Luxembourg’s native language is Letzeburgesch, classified as a dialect of Low German that is somewhat similar to Flemish and Dutch, yet Luxembourg’s primary medium of instruction is French with German acting as a second official language. Both French and German are technically foreign to Luxembourg.
Nevertheless, Luxembourg has ranked as number 1 in the IMF GDP per Capita ranking, and is therefore the country with the highest per capita income in the world for both the 2009 and 2010 data sets. Moreover Luxembourg is also number one in the World Bank’s 2009 GDP per Capita ranking.
(4) India has so many different native or “mother” languages for its extremely diverse population. English, however, serves as its primary official working language especially in business and education. One of India’s biggest advantages has been its reliance on its English-proficient white-collar sector in providing outsourcing services to the developed world. This was its main ticket to becoming one of the world’s emerging economies.
Quite obviously, the whole idea that using one’s native language as a medium of instruction or official language determines success and that not using one’s native language impoverishes a country is clearly absurd.
In fact, despite Singapore’s use of the English language as its major medium of instruction despite the multiple ethnicities present in Singapore who have their own native languages, Singaporean students’ test scores are among the highest in the world.
Speaking of Japan, most Filipinos who love to use Japan as that poster-boy of “native-language use” are totally ignorant of the fact that during the Meiji Restoration, it was extremely common for élite Japanese university students studying some of the most technically-challenging courses in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and even Music, International Diplomacy and others to actually make use of textbooks in German, English, or French, (for some music majors, Italian) and were instructed by foreign professors from Germany, Austria, Britain, the USA, or France. This tendency actually even continued until long after the Meiji Restoration.
So, Imma quote thiz.
The last paragraph? I agree. As a matter of fact, Japanese people learn the language of a foreign country when they reside there. And besides, Japan’s culture is homgenous that’s why there’s NO FREAKING POINT OR SENSE in calling it the official poster-boy of using the native language as medium of instruction. Masato Sakai learned Chinese in uni. Oh, and please take note of Hiroyuki Sanada, Rinko Kikuchi and Masi Oka, plus Shin Koyamada–they won’t make it to the Hollywood scene without learning English. Right!?
And Kentaro Matsuo, the French-speaking Asian dude in Rush Hour 3? I dunno if he’s a French-born Japanese guy?
At siyanga pala, English should be the unifying language of the Philippines. In India, English is the unifying language. Granted, mabigat ang Indian accent ng mga Indiano, yet they make it to a point to maximize their English communication capabilities.
I mean, RESPETO naman sa mga hindi Katagalugan, gaya ng mga Bisaya. Granted, it’s never a bad thing to learn English–I believe it makes sense when we score high in exams. As a matter of fact, ang suliranin lang ng mga Pinoy is that, they become grammar Nazis for invalid reasons. Amaryt!?
Japanese culture is unique on its own–but TBH it isn’t totally and extremely unique kontra sa mga hinala niyo!
MSP says: Honestly speaking, Japanese culture is mostly based on their indigenous culture (Ryukyuan and Ainu–aka the Jomon racial group) plus the Han Chinese culture adopted from the Tang Dynasty. No wonder, elements of Min Nan and Cantonese are embedded in their language. The old, original Japanese terms? They were replaced by Chinese influence, thus, the Hanzi characters were borrowed, and then adopted, thus having their own version, what they call as “Kanji.”
The original inhabitants of Japan had unique features (kindly refer to Ken Hirai, Isamu Shimoji and the ever-famous Hiroshi Abe)–a mixture of South Asian and white European. Don’t get me wrong, that’s how I perceive it. Eventually, their genes were mixed by the Yayois (the Koreans, or any Yellow-raced group of people from the Mongolic area) later on, thus having this so-called “Yamato” Japanese race.
However, the “Yamato” race isn’t really “pure.” Racial purity is after all, a mindset.
Tingnan niyo kaya sina Yui Aragaki, Yukie Nakama–bago sila sumikat. Mapuputi ba talaga sila dati pa? All I could think of a naturally-fair Japanese actress would be Miho Kanno-Sakai. Kyoka Suzuki wasn’t paper-white during her younger years. So before you conclude that if you’re Japanese = white skin, think of the Japanese actresses before they became famous. Gakky wasn’t fair-skinned at all. Same with Yukie Nakama. May iba silang version ng gluta, kaya sila mapuputi ngayon. Aya Ueto wasn’t fair at the first place. Oh, isama na rin ang mga ibang artista sa Japan na halatang nagpaputi lang nung nakatungtong sila ng Tokyo.
In this case, hindi naman gaano homogeneous ang lahi ng mga Hapones. The fair-skinned Japanese, you actually see them in northern parts of Japan. So don’t think that Philippines is alone when it comes to obsession with skin whitening. I could attest to that!
Ang mga naturally-fair talaga, usually they come from northern Japan.
I simply disagree with the fact that Japanese culture is totally unique. Well, unique naman in a sense that they identify themselves with this category, but that doesn’t mean that their identity is isolated. In fact, they’re also known for being more Westernized than Singapore (IMO mas Asian parin at mas conservative ang SG in some way–to think it is multicultural; HK is far more “liberated” and Westernized).
Japanese culture is also conservative, but speaking of love and relationships, they’re quite liberal. Concept of virginity? Meh, that’s too old-school for them. In fact, shotgun weddings are common among couples whose wives were pregnant before marriage, tapos divorce kapag may something wrong… ayun. Pakitanong kay Namie Amuro o Ryoko Hirosue. Hindi ko sigurado kay Rosa Kato. Maybe relationships in Japan don’t work like Posh and Becks (oh yes, British culture is very conservative when it comes to family and marriage–to think it’s a Western culture). But not all–in fact, there are lots of Japanese men who marry late. Hiroshi Abe and Masato Sakai are primary examples. No wonder, nakipag-break si Miho Kanno kay Goro Inagaki dahil si Inagaki, he had a bad reputation before Kanno met Sakai. Then BOOM, Sakai and Kanno married.
No wonder, you see me very excited when Kanno Miho gave birth to their son; like how I rejoice when Marian Rivera gave birth to Baby Zia.
PS: Paging Maria Ozawa, if you can please correct something here in my article onegai-shimasu! Doumo! ❤