Now I have about a week to go before i depart for King's College London. Lot's of packing to do, and preparation to make.
I hope this would be a great learning experience for me. To experience living independently in an unfamilar country for the longest stint ever. To learn in a different cultural environment, as a minority in a foreign land. To expand my perspective, to see how big, yet how small the world out there is. To have first hand experience of places I otherwise have only heard about.
I am consciously aware that I shouldn't discriminate people base on their nationality, gender, race, sexual orientation.
I am for removing 377A from the penal code, which criminalize gay sex.
I am for removing the discrimination against Malay-Muslim holding sensitive positions in the Singapore Armed Forces.
I do not think it is right to be mean to someone solely because he/she is a Chinese scholar. Yes (unconsciously)
But sigh... i am only human. And if a well known study by Harvard (Project Implicit) has important lessons for all of us... is that more often that not, our implicit biases still haunts us even if we have already consciously reject our biases.
... have unwittingly passed rude and insulting comments about gay people in my conversations
... feel more comfortable with people that are more similar to me in terms of culture and ethnicity
... have unfairly alienated some of my course-mates because they are Chinese scholars
I am sorry. I will try my best to overcome my unconscious cognitive bias. If I say or do anything hurtful or unfair to you, I sincerely hope you can accept my apologies, and i will learn from my mistakes.
Studied: Shuqun Pri, Commonwealth Sec, and Anderson JC. National Service: Air Operations Specialist, 3SG. Passionate in Sciences, especially Biology-the study of life! Life Science undergraduate at NUS.