hellas wrote: hellas wrote:
marc wrote:welcome to everybody,
lots of friends reinforced my impression that an increasing number of Singaporean
try to make you feel uncomfortable in the
public by laughing once they see a
caucasian. They try hard to irritate you whenever possible...
Is that a false perception or did you make similar experiences?
Hello to the expat community in Singapore . the media in western countries praise Singapore as a role model of a multicultural society and so far I just heard plenty of good things about singapore. Actually I am eying with a job over there should an opportunity arise but the staff I read in this forum makes me doubt whether its the right place for a peace loving person like me. I am not keen to travel around the world just to be mocked at by local people over there.Opinions vary greatly in this forum. What to make of all this???
Hi.Please take no offence but based on the disappointing response, it seems that singapore expats are not really keen to encourage or welcome new expats over there.
I certainly don't believe that at all, although there maybe many expats, that hate to be here, and come just for the money, there are many that love Singapore. At least here, they do arrest anyone committing racist remarks.
and yes I do agree, that the 75% majority are not going to lose their power, they will protect Singapore from what as happend to the UK, and who can blame them.
They have spent 40 years building a Country, why should they let other foreigners, move in and destroy what they have built. If anything, the people should be fighting for living wages, and getting on with their lives, there is far to much of this letting foreigners in to cause unrest.
I believe Singapore do an excellent job of trying to keep the lid on a simmering pot, there will always be injustice, no matter what country you live in. and I'm one of the biggest whiners of UK, and I feel I have something to whine about.
Christ they didn't even get a bloody chance to build UK, before all the foreigners arrived to bleed it dry. So for those suffering in Singapore because of racism, do something about it, there is a law here and they take it very serious
I'm as white as white, and yes i have felt the laughing, and it can be quite annoying, however I have only felt it from teenagers, happend once or twice whereby I said nothing, then after the third time with the same people, i decided to walk up, to them, and said," You must know some very funny jokes" and they replied wha "So i said I'd like to hear the funny joke, I said it's the third time i hear you laughing, so tell me the joke please. Basically kids will laugh at foreigners, if they have never mixed with them or know how they behave.
The other time was walking on the street, when two walking right behind me couldn't help laughing, however I turned round and said what's so funny, and they said we wanted to talk to you, because you are foreign, and we didn't know how to appraoch you, then I said can you say it more slowly, because i don't understand Singlish.
The 16 year ol kids were ok, harmless and all they wanted was to try and speak English, because they never get the opportunity, we chatted for a good km or so.
It's all about wanting to communicate and self confidence to approach foreigners, although many western expats don't wish to, they are here for the money only and a good time. But stuff em, it takes all kinds to make a community.