All posts tagged: Filipinos

Judge Judge and Judge Thy Neighbour

I’d like to think I’m pretty laissez-faire. I subscribe to the view that people should be able to live as they wish, so long as their actions do not negatively impact the lives of others. For one, this means I’m against religious laws concerning matters of piety. Religion + law = disaster. O’Canada how I love thee. So the other day, I was having an argument with my friend. I was telling my friend about a Filipino (let’s call him Tagalog), who I had just met. So Tagalog had recently arrived in Toronto. He had mentioned that he previously lived in Saudi Arabia. WHAT? FILIPINOS IN RIYADH. Well, apparently Filipinos will travel pretty much anywhere for work and Saudi Arabia has the three largest Filipino population in the world (after the Phillippines and the United States). Intrigued, I asked him how he liked his time there. He didn’t. In fact, what he had to say pretty much verified every single stereotype about the country and then some. Later that evening, I started describing my conversation …