This video of foreign workers reading comments about them will make you rethink everything you post online

It's pretty heartbreaking (if you have a heart) to watch.

Jeanette Tan| January 18, 02:57 PM

On Sunday evening, a group of undergraduate communications students posted a video that has garnered nearly 38,000 views and shared more than 980 times, in less than 24 hours.

The clip featured four foreign workers — two from China and two from Bangladesh — reading comments made online about them. Here's what one of them, Barman Shemal Candra from Bangladesh, had to say:

"When some Singaporeans see my face, they get scared. This is... (hesitates, and breathes) But I feel good, all people is good, Singaporeans.

And I how I feel about this... (pauses) it's like I don't know Singaporeans."

People shrink away from him in fear. And instead of talking about how hurtful that is, he still praises Singaporeans — despite the disrespectful way some of us continue to treat him and his fellow countrymen.

Watch the rest — this is just one. It got us thinking:

- Ever tried reading your hateful comments online about people out loud?

- Ever realised that the people you're saying or telling your young children "look scary" or "disgusting" or "dirty" have thoughts and feelings, just like you?

These guys are boyfriends, fiancés, fathers, brothers to families they've given up time with to work for long periods away from abroad, in order that they can give their loved ones good lives.

Argue all you like that they signed up for this voluntarily, but it means no less that they deserve to be treated like human beings. Unless, of course, you happen to think they are not.

Anyway, watch the video here:

href="">Migrant workers respond to comments made by SingaporeansWe often hear passing remarks being made about migrant workers, from the most unwelcoming ones to those of gratitude and appreciation. Some of which have even made its way online, sparking conversations and debates on social media and the Internet. But have we ever wondered how the workers would react to these comments when they see them?Editor's Note: We would like to sincerely apologise for a mistake in the subtitles of the video, where Mr Xu Yi Wen's name was spelled incorrectly as Mr Xu Wen.

Posted by Familiar Strangers on Sunday, 17 January 2016

Go check out the page and this group's project site — many more great stories by foreign workers to read there.

Like this one:

K V Ravikumar (left) is a self-taught dancer who used to dance only in his room back in India. Now, he choreographs...

Posted by Familiar Strangers on Monday, 11 January 2016


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