It was not unusual for fishery migrant workers to make their way to the foreign fishing grounds in small fishing craft. Though their sleeping quarters were decently sized, they would share the space with the other migrant workers they were traveling with.
So the Filipinos all work in the fishing industry. They are really a different ethnic group from the Chinese workers. Before the arrival of the Filipinos, the Chinese people were making tremendous advances in fishing as well as maritime stuff, so it was the bright and shiny new kid on the block that really caught my eye. They were incredibly handsome. And they looked like warriors. Their ships were marked with the Chinese character for tiger, and usually looked like a cross between a fishing vessel and a navy warship.
And the Filipinos are pretty good at getting along, too. They do speak a different language and have a different ethnic group, but they get along with each other quite well. They even have the same dialect, as learned from the friends they made at the fishing camp.
Because they speak the same language and only have to deal with the remaining in-group issues that come with language barriers, the Filipinos have a relatively easy time working with the Chinese people. But there is one thing that the Chinese don't quite understand, even though the Filipinos have been doing it for more than a hundred years, namely, the enormous numbers of the Chinese fishing fleet (both criminal and legal) have drained out most of the ocean floors where these latter-day Liuli's had come from. They have driven up the prices of the fish they are trying to catch, so to make a living they have to go to greater and greater distances to catch enough fish to sell on. d2c66b5586