Filipino men

I asked why Manang’s brother wouldn’t repay her generosity by helping her out, and my mother replied that he was probably worse off than Manang. The Filipinos who stayed behind in the provinces were often jobless, which was why many of them left home. She added, “Filipino men are lazy. Deadbeats, all of them, unlike the women”

Kirsten Chen, “Foreign and Domestic” in Best New Singaporean Short Stories Volume Two


I used to be quite interested in the study of History. Still kind of am. Back then, I was quite dismissive of the historical value of fiction. But the above quote is taken from a short story – which is probably based on some form of autobiographical experience. The plot might be fictitious but the setting and the paradigm may be from real life experiences.


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