Overly polite? Always working together? You already got us Filipinos. At least how people think of us are. Then you go to our country, then you see it's not exactly how you thought it'd be. If you're white you'll be treated as you are by them in the West -- very well. If you're not white, then not so well. Always be careful with theft & being scammed, btw (my personal family & friends & so does
some official Travel Advisory says so).
Always cooperating? In a chinese or some other Asian manner? With rituals full of meaningful & kind gestures? No, that's why we have a thing called "crab mentality", not mob mentality. It means if someone gets a little bit ahead, you'll get dragged down. It more broadly applies to if you stand out, then you get dragged by the rest to where they are. Now that's some kind of Asian for you.
If with, mob mentality, you're talking about riots & protests, I wouldn't call it that. It's an easy way to vent out the hardship of poverty that they just can't get away from. It's the same why at noon, so many people are glued to watching mixed variety shows. Why? Because it has a lot of contests where ordinary people win a sizable amount of money. Call it placing themselves in that position, but they love watching those.
Filipinos ARE cautious & afraid of new things. My Mom is sorta like that... And, my Dad too.
What, you thought the Philippines is like that movie Trolls? Always so happy? Like what you see when you peer into our (not so) little parties? Singing, laughing & always getting along? It's VERY HARD to explain to other people, but we're like that because things are just doing just fine living a middle class life & nobody's doing better than the other people in the party. Maybe it's the immigrant spirit of competition, but you see the same thing in the Philippines. Do not hash together my need for rituals, with that false image in your head of Filipinos of these small-framed, sun-tanned (1) tropical island folks, always looking for an excuse to help a neighbor, say to thatch that hut's nipa roof.
Let me paint a picture how it looks like in the Philippines after straying from the beaten path of tourists, or have the unfortunate luck of experiencing it early. You'd see the people love their music, that's fine... Then there's a lot of shouting, bickering... Though, it's not the cultural sweet teasing Filipinos would engage, according to some people that have hanged around us. The shouting goes along the lines of "Hey! You're two months overdue! Pay up!". That's comical, might actually make it to a movie. "Junior!! Come here & fetch your sorry drunk of father drinking at the corner store again! Putang ina, won't get a job!" or "Hey! That addict brother-in-law of yours scammed me! Ask him to show his face to me!", etc, etc. These things I mention are actually still light. You can see that the morality of the urban society is quite low & there's a lot of crime.
We're not even super "LOVEY DOVEY" in general. A Filipino can show that affection to another family member, but not to strangers, not even to neighbors. It's this black & white polarization in Westerners minds, "Oh, they're good & polite, that means everything else is pleasant & good. Oh, they seem bad, that means they're no good at all."
To the OP, even bigger reveal? We don't even have intricate social customs that adhere, not like other Asians. We just kinda roll that way. If it's fiesta, then it's fiesta & you can expect the same show. Nobody's gonna be too picky with the details, though (another thing I diverge from my base culture).
So, I won't even put Filipinos as this could've been, of how societies around the world could be, centered on helping each other out (without feeling excessively jealous), being VERY POLITE & PLEASANT (2) & in an almost primitive way, having no ill-will at all. As Sherry would think of it?
Another thing about me that pairs well with what people think of Filipinos is that I'm very nice & kind, according to them. One of the reasons being, is because I let people be. That's already unusual among Asians. With Asians, if you're different you get hammered back to your place; who do you think you are? A bit different? Something is deeply wrong with you. Me? I faced adversity growing up. The fact that I wasn't with the boys that wore hair gel in "Oasis" (as in the band) fashion nor was I totally into basketball, already set me up as "not one of the guys". So I had a more lax tolerance of people. Getting here to Canada, immersed with so many cultures only but reinforced that view. When I was in Burnaby South HS, back in it's heyday when Per ruined place, that was the feeling. Then I got to SFU & it wasn't the case anymore.
I don't push people into my taste or standards. Though I hold a standard to my own. Not anything would "just do", despite what people expect Filipinos to settle on. There are right things & wrong things to do. If you're not, as a consequence, hurting people (i.e. doing illegal things), then live your life the way you want & I won't obstruct you. I may not have a good opinion of you & I might let it slip (3). But, sure, live you life. You can say what you want & express yourself, I won't stop you. But, in the same token, I expect you to let me respond & have my expression, such as when I call out that I think what you just stated is stupid. See, in my head, I'm trying to draft a sort of social contract of etiquettes, though I've already been beaten to it. You guys now understand that, right? I'm looking mostly at you, you classy vancouerites & kongers. I've explained this all in one of my balcony speeches, but alas, nobody was listening & those that were retained extremely little.
(1) Alright, I'll admit, many of us back there are small-framed & sun-tanned.
(2) Sherry, I was really down on the dumps. I've hit rock bottom & being driven away from the University (I wasn't hallucinating it). I needed support. Fcking ridiculous. How could you think yourself as being a great & well seasoned social worker, if you can't even identify that being the reason I was SO POLITE & PLEASANT. You just say a lot of opinions about your cases to the psychiatrist & that makes you look like having a good alternate point of view. Point of view that reassures & makes you feel good, sometimes even based on your projections. Sure was enough to get you ahead professionally, wasn't it?
(3) You can ask people about when I was younger & they'd say I can be tactless about people. It's a not a recent re-invention I made a few months ago about me.
As you guys see, my writing is a bit idiot-proof. That's because this will be read by a lot of vancovuerites. A lot of fcking idiots.