A Racy Topic

A touchy topic indeed which I once upon a time submitted to BlogTalkers which I was once briefly a member of. Yet since the topic came up &, it’s only fair that I gave my 30+20 cents on the issue. The questions is – “How important are the issues of race/ethnicity towards building a stable country/government? And what are your views on immigrants & immigration laws?”

What are you?
I would say it’s sad indeed if you answered the above question by saying you were Malay, Chinese or Indian. Yet is it our fault that we were brought up with much cultural stereotyping whereby all the friends in the stories would always include a Ali, Ah Chong & Muthu. Should not we be more identifiable as Japanese, Malaysian, Singaporeans, Jamaicans or even as just Homo sapiens?

A Helping Hand
A lot actually depends on how large we see the pie as. Will the pie get bigger and bigger if we cut more slices? Or for the rare few, does the pie even matter at all? Look outside the window & see the vast progress shown by countries such as Dubai in recent years. Shouldn’t we be concentrating on of moving forward? Shouldn’t we be working towards stability in all areas? For how can we progress without stability & visioning of the future?

Independence
As a plug, I would like to highlight for the non-Malaysians on the blog that it’s her 50th year of independence in 2007. Thus that little plug before shows that many of us despite our cynicism, sacarsm & ‘tak apa’ ism still do actually have pride in our country. And likewise I’m sure citizens of whichever country are proud of their respective countries as well no matter how far from home they may be.

Greener Grass?
And despite the misleading reports &, a lot of emigration is being seen with many seeking pastures out there due to reasons such as higher pay & a better environment. Yet of course Malaysia herself finds an influx as well. Thus worldwide we see a lot of movement with people everywhere being more mixed up & rojaked culturally & racially. Rather than viewing the grass as greener anywhere, what matters more is our perception & needs. Sort of like picking stocks I guess whereby mere speculation is probably going to do the average Jane or Joe more harm than good. Balance it all up & decide based your head & heart…

Heart
There’s the saying that home is where the heart is. As long as one has heart & one perseveres despite the odds. As long as one gives one’s best and fights tooth & nail, yet remains reasonable & accepting of the decisions we have to accept – we will find that we will make the best of each & every situation. For with heart, 3 quarters of the battle is already won.

(Another good read here by MadamSpud169)

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6 thoughts on “A Racy Topic

  1. We should look up & not down.
    Look forward & not back.
    Look out & not in.
    Most importantly, we should lend a hand!

    Why?
    Nobody gets to live life backward.
    We should look ahead ‘coz that’s where our future lies.

    That’s just my 10 cents.

    Stev: Very good advice that indeed of looking up, forward & out. Only thing to add is that we need efficient planning as well =)

  2. The “greener grass” part is definitely an interesting read, since it’s absolutely true that it’s not only people moving towards the western countries but a lot happening the other way around as well for totally different reasons.

    The reception in most of the non-western countries towards western people tends to be a lot different though than how we welcome the rest of the world. It definitely wouldn’t hurt us if we’d open up more towards immigrants again and actually treat them like equals, not like it’s some sort of trash which came blowing in.

    Stev: While allowing a bit of room for our personal bias & racism, how we view immigrants is important as well. Hmmm… maybe we should look for a better word instead of the negative connotations brought up by the word ‘immigrant’…

  3. With ref to your reply to Psycho Dude.. somebody has to do away with the “lain-lain” in our forms.
    We are a multi-racial society.. we should be given the options of choosing to complete the forms as “Malaysians” or “Non-Malaysians”.. not as Malays, Chinese, Indians & Others (lain-lain).

    “Lain-lain” just made me feel like an alien coz I belong to one of the indigenous race of Malaysia & I am a Malaysian but I have no wish to be known as “lain-lain”.

    Again, I leave my 10 cents worth.

    Stev: Judging from the recent contents in the papers, people & other media – there seems to be a resurgent running feel in this issue. Perhaps attached to the fact that 50 years of independence is making us reflect back on the past. Personally I still see and feel hopeful though. Malaysian – check box. Period.

  4. I recall sitting through a diversity training course to become a teacher. A gigantic black man stood up to lecture. He said, “Hey, you know what? I’m black as black gets and you all are white? That right?” We nodded. “Yeah. I see it, too. How long you want to talk about what we know before we move on to what we don’t know? Like our names?” It was a great moment, one that speaks to your point. We are proud of our countries, our homes, and the like because we appreciate how complex and interesting and individual it is. Then outsiders come along and kill the nuances by treating the word that represents all that complexity as a label to simplify us. Ugh.

    One of the benefits of blogging is seeing people where they are for who they are.

  5. when you grow up in a country (indo) where races kill other races , it’s hard not to be racist. then again i feel though we live in multi racial society, you wouldnt know if that person is truly racist of not right? most of the peepx i know wear masks in front of other races. you would’ve thought they were best friends.

    i think in the surface, it’s could all be buddy-buddy, but who knows what truly lurks beneath?

    juz my opinion tho..

    Stev: Hmm/. Masks can be dangerous sometimes. And of coz we wont feel safe living in a society which we are unsure of how possible the next person would knife you were you to turn you back (heh). Perhaps what matters most is our perception, and that needs to be done imho from the top down whereby any sort of division along racial lanes is discouraged (or even made a capital offense!)

    just kidding. somewhat.

  6. I’ve returned to this blog post in my thoughts, Stev. I think it’s interesting that nationalism–a sense of belonging to a unique thing called a nation with its own integrity, identify, interests, history–is a healthy thing so long as it doesn’t become a mere checklist. That is, if I’m all these things, I’m a good American, Malaysian, Brit, Irishman, whatever. If we see the nation as this immutable thing, we’re in trouble. In the US, illegal immigration is a hot topic. Conservatives think America is some sort of Mayflower phenomenon, liberals see America as whatever the latest newcomer would like it to be. The rest of us just want to do right by our families and our neighbors. It’s strange that I can be in Malaysia right now through your blog, but in the physical world, I’m in my little house in Connecticut. I very much appreciate the blogs that take me to a completely new place, and I marvel at the ones that do that but nevertheless show me a world not very different from my own. Can nationalism be a source of happiness rather than a source of defensiveness?

    Stev: Mmm. Deep thoughts you have put into this. Agreed that we need to see our world and our country as more than mere immutable as times & things change. From perceptions to information flow as information flow becomes easier and faster via mediums such as the net.

    “Nationalism as a source of happiness rather than a source of defensiveness” – anyone has any thoughts or answers to that?

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