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S’porean dad’s comic on teaching son how to empathise with migrant workers goes viral

A comic that even some adults may need to read.

Guan Zhen Tan | November 3, 06:03 pm

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The best lessons in life are not learnt in the classroom, but in seemingly mundane, everyday situations.

Touching comic about foreign workers

In a simple comic, Singaporean dad Calvin Soh explained how to answer children when they ask or point out that a migrant worker has unpleasant body odour.

The meaningful post was shared on Soh’s Facebook page Father and Son, where he shares his musings and anecdotes of bringing up his children.

The story starts with the child telling the parent that he or she didn’t want to sit beside the person, as he smells.

Photo via Father and Son’s Facebook post

The parent replies with the following:

Photo via Father and Son’s Facebook post

“You know what he smells of? He smells of someone who had to work 14 hours a day.”

Photo via Father and Son’s Facebook post

“He smells of someone doing work we don’t want to do.

He smells of someone who had to pay a dodgy agent for the privilege of working here.”

Photo via Father and Son’s Facebook post

“He smells of someone who misses his family, who would see his child every two years.

And he’s probably aware people think he smells.”

Photo via Father and Son’s Facebook post

“In fact, he probably smells like your great grandfather when he first came to Singapore.”

The last panel ends with the child choosing to sit beside the implied foreign worker.

Photo via Father and Son’s Facebook post

So sweet.

You can see the original post here.

Top image via Father and Son’s Facebook page

 

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