New citizen affected by rising tide of ‘anti-foreigner’ sentiments in Singapore
Posted by temasektimes on September 15, 2012
My parents sent me here to study at a public uni after high school and I really looked forward to starting a new chapter in my life and learning how to handle life on my own. I have met incredibly nice Singaporeans. Even if they are just nice for making a good image of themselves, I appreciate that they treated me with respect. Most of them actually happen to be Christian and they are very religious. Christianity is not my religion and I don’t hold strong belief even in the religion I’m born into, they left me a very deep impression how it could make someone a better person.
I’m really thankful for the opportunities I have got here but I know this is not the place for me to stay long. Some people asked me “Do you want to stay here? Marry a Singaporean and stay here?” OMG that is like one of the most offensive things I have heard in my life, in the sense that they judge me on their impression of other foreigners and think I’m going to sell myself too.
And I myself don’t want to be called a leech, and to receive hateful glances from old women when I speak my mother tongue on the MRT. It’s like it’s my sin that my parents are not Singaporean and then I came here, I DARED to come here and enjoy this public transportation system.
Yep xenophobia is everywhere. I have learned about the concept of “modern racism” in a Sociology class. I’m sometimes xenophobic back in my home city as well. But I appreciate the adults with enough courtesy and ability to hide their disrepect on foreigners inside.
*The above was first posted as a comment on The Temasek Times.