Here’s my story and help me to trigger a Social Movement if you can. Everlasting good karma for you.
I grew up in Malaysia where 3 major races live, study and work together. We have different mother tongues, we look very different from each other, we eat different food, we profess different religion but we could enjoy each other’s company. We trust and respect each other.
But things have changed lately. Relationships deteriorated badly between these 3 races, i.e. Malays, Chinese and Indians. Many would socialize only among their ethnic groups. It is rare to see them sit together at the same table.
In recent years, they started to insult each other on Facebook, Twitter, News Portals and Blogs. The hatred is too obvious. Politics is turning these once friendly people into racists. We can sense where this is going. It won’t be pretty, if nothing is done soon.
The least I could do is show young Malaysians, I am one of the Malays who appreciate different cultures. Learning Mandarin is a sign of friendship to the Chinese community. Learning a language at any age is possible when the mission is for social harmony.
I hope this initial effort would have some impact among young Malaysians of different races. With the right social media strategy, it may grow into a strong Social Movement that would help different races appreciate each other.
I have chosen to learn and practice Mandarin in Shenzhen, China. Learn the language at Mandarin House in the morning. In the afternoon practice what I learnt by immersing myself in the Futian District market. I would work for free, assisting non-English speaking shopkeepers.
The length of my Learning and Practicing would be 4 weeks.That duration would help kick-start my Mandarin to a level where I could converse with speakers in various activities and situations.
The given donations would cover the flight ticket to Shenzhen, travel insurance, lodging, food, transport, China mobile network, medicine and tuition fees.
Learning Tamil, a South Indian language, will be my next project.