Honestly, we are good at everything! haha
Seriously? What an awful stereotype! Maybe this does not apply to Singaporeans only, but to Asian in general. Many foreigners actually believe that we are not only academically successful but also hardworking, uncomplaining, extremely intelligent, seeking economic attainment and educational prestige.
Put it this way, every bag will have good and rotten eggs. Same goes with education in school. There are straight A’s students and also people who are struggling to get through. Do you realised, in most schools, the top students are usually foreign students? This is because the locals are enjoying their life and slack through college or university. Of course, there are some who can made it to the top. On the other hand, in general, the foreign students will put more effort into their studies, because they want to make the best out of their investment for education. Hence, the Singaporean or Asian students in the overseas schools will naturally excel more. More efforts = better results (if nothing goes terribly wrong) Simple equation for success. As simple as that! 🙂
Honestly, I met many beautiful and awesome people as I traveled intensively around the world, . Made a lot of life-time brotherhoods and friendships with people coming from different backgrounds and diverse cultures. Perhaps, from this article it seems like I am annoyed with the misconceptions, to be honest, it doesn’t bother me at all. I’m always open to cultural interactions, and loved seeing stunned faces from people when dealing with misconceptions. Most of the time, it wasn’t awkward at all, usually we laughed it off, and struck good conversations which ultimately, brought people closer. This is also one of the reason why I got to know so many friends around the world. It doesn’t matter if you have any misconceptions, because you can clear it. The hardest to cure is prejudice or worse still, discrimination.
In my opinion, stereotyping is really bad and annoying, it shuts your mind and blinds your visual. The only way to live life to the fullest, meet many great people, globalise your circle of friendships and have a trip of a lifetime, is to open your heart when you travel! Only when you open up your frame of mind and accept things wholeheartedly, you will see things differently, and be able to receive kindness, inspiration, friendships and loves! 🙂
I hope you like this article – The 10 Ridiculous Misconceptions and Stereotypes about Singapore, elaborating the most ridiculous and funniest stereotypes I have heard, when I traveled around the world. These are some hard facts mixed with some personal experiences. The moral of this is: Do NOT stereotype, & Don’t be ridiculous! To fellow Singaporeans: don’t be offended by the opinions of others, try to help people understand the beauty of Singapore positively, you may gain an understanding foreigner, a supporter or fan of our country or maybe develop a new friendship from the attempt! 🙂 As for other travelers, you want to fall in love with Singapore, come visit! Are you up for the challenge to resist Singapore? 🙂 “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley
If you have any other funny or ridiculous misconception or stereotype, feel free to comment below. 🙂
Open your mind before you open your mouth! – Subroto Bagchi