Dear friendliest friends,
Before I start my topic today, I would like to thank Fiona for making sure my room is nicely heated and clean before I get to work. These are the little things that makes my heart go fuzzy. Thank you once again Fiona.
I am going to touch on a very sensitive topic that the world is facing right now. Racism.
I grew up in a beautiful country, Malaysia. When I was in primary school, I was taught that there are three main races being the Malays, Chinese and Indians. I had many different racial friends. I did not understand what discrimination meant at that time. I treated everyone as equal. That is the way it should be.
But cruelly as it sounds, as we grow up, there is a faint racial issue in the background. When I went to high school, there was a racial segregation where the Chinese would flock together, the Malays at one corner and the Indians would occasionally hang around with the two other main races or they would form a group themselves. It saddens me because we all grew up as Malaysians but as we grew older, it became three distinct groups as the Malays, Chinese and Indians. We were able to understand more and hence make choices that may or may not make sense.
Now that I’m living in the beautiful country of Australia, I thought that I could put the racism issue all behind. I remember during the early days that I was in Australia, I would go to the city at night and I would hear people shouting at me asking me to leave this country and go back to my own country (being Chinese, I assume they meant China). Just to make it clear, my grandparents are from China but my parents and I were born in Malaysia.
To my older patients, I am Malaysian but I am Chinese. I often get questions like where are you from? I would answer politely I am from Malaysia. My older patients would say, oh so you’re Malay. I would have to explain that Malaysia has three main races and I am Malaysian Chinese.
Today, being a liberated, career-minded and independent woman, I understand that we are all different culturally and different by looks but we all have a heart and we are all made the same to function the same. I respect the differences but at the same time I am not afraid to be who I am. Regarding facing those racist comments, you just have to learn how to filter. Never allow it to affect your day. There would always be people who are ignorant and ill-hearted but we should not forget that there are people who embrace different races as well. When you think positively, you act positively as well.
p.s: I love all my patients no matter what culture or race they are. One love, one blood, one life (quote U2 “One”)