Sail forth and rule the world! and so the old Masters had ordered. The nations conquered became colonies of the colonialists. Let’s mention a few of them: Singapore, Hong Kong, and Burma were under the British Empire; Nova Scotia in Canada, Louisiana, and the West Indies under France; and from one of the largest Empires, Spain had the Philippines, Mexico and some African states.
While these states have become independent nations, with its native population in control of their government, there were other types of “sailing forth” and not for the reason of “rule the world.”
We all know our history that Columbus, in search of a different route to India, came across America. The native American Indians, whose land it was, were decimated and became secondary citizens on their own land.
Occurring in another part of the world, Great Britain’s search for a far-away place to dump its social ingrates, decided on Australia. The Aborigines, whose land it was, likewise became secondary citizens to a population of inmates of Britain’s prisons.
Present day “sailing forth” has come to be defined as exploitation of a nation’s natural resources. This we see in America’s exploitation of oil-rich nations.
But there is an insidious “third sailing forth” — not a sanctioned incursion by foreign governments, but rather, an economic incursion by individual people. They do not mobilize themselves in groups. They come on their own as economic immigrants.
One nation has done just that to a sovereign country. What is surprising is that the sovereign country is absolutely unaware of the incursion that has happened.
You see, what the conquering people did was to look for a nation of lazy people, who are content with the bones thrown at them, never wishing to improve their lot. They found it and its people have long been characterised as indolent, which they blame on religion (come what may, Someone is looking after me) and the heat of the sun.
Unfortunately for this lazy nation, they are also dis-united, by language* and culture. Their culture was destroyed by the first conquering Empire, who also kept them illiterate and taught them to be subservient. This Empire was then followed by a second one, more aptly described as an exploiter rather than an empire, who taught them english and to be beholden to their power.
The conquering people integrated, but they still kept their culture and their history. They continued to speak their native tongue among themselves in the conquered country, while speaking the conquered nation’s own. They excelled in private enterprise. They are leaders, not followers.
The conquering people then took over the economy. Two** of the three billionaires of this nation are from this conquering people. The third billionaire*** is from another country. There are no indigenous billionaires. The conquering people have become leaders in almost every sector of the conquered nation’s economy.
If you haven’t guessed it by now, the conquering people here are the Chinese, and the conquered nation is the Republic of the Philippines. They are called Filipino-Chinese, but they are Chinese all the same.
* Between 100-150 languages and dialects spoken
** Henry Sy (US$3.1Billion), Lucio Tan (US$1.5Billion)
*** Jaime Zobel de Ayala (US$1.2Billion)
Andrew Tan US$700M
Tony Tan Caktiong US$690M
John Gokongwei US$680M
Eduardo Cojuanco US$610M