Thursday, 7 April 2016

the "privilege" game

We played the “privilege” game in class today. 
Basically, my classmates and I had to stand on one straight line in the middle of the class and we had to either move one step forward or backward by listening to Chai’s (my instructor) words. For example, Chai would say “Take one step back if you have ever been treated unfairly because of your race, religion, appearance, etc”, or “Take one step forward if you don’t have to rely on financial aids to support your education etc”. 
I was very confused because my life revolves around two different worlds. The one back at home, my beloved Malaysia, and the one here in the USA, where I am currently residing. Many of the things that make me extremely privileged in Malaysia, makes me become underprivileged here; my race, my religion, my appearance (especially the hijab), and sometimes my gender. At the end of the game, I was standing kinda far at the back of the class with a few “underprivileged” others, mainly because I reflected on my world here in the USA. It would have been a different case if I were to reflect on my world in Malaysia. 
So, I have a fair share of experience living in both the privileged and underprivileged worlds. Deep down, I think most of us who are privileged knew it, but sometimes we remain oblivious to acknowledge the fact that we are. Maybe we are afraid of change, scared to go out of our comfort zones. I think back about the opportunities I had to come study here, which were right in front of my eyes. I studied hard to grab it. But, there are some others who may have worked a thousand times harder than me but little or no opportunities at all await them. Political views aside, it’s just unfair. I personally believe everyone back at home deserves the same opportunities.

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