Familiar Strangers is a campaign to both collect and share the stories of low-wage migrant workers in Singapore. Last week, the came up with this video which can be seen as a variation on Homeless people read mean tweets from last year. The homeless version was meaner and merely was about negative reactions. In this video the same interview style is used. The Singapore non-profit asked migrant workers to read comments about them.
We often talk about others. In Europe it is now about refugees and in this video it is about migrant workers. But have we ever wondered how these people would react to these comments when they see them? In this video, both negative and positive comments are presented.
We strive to provide numerous platforms for them to tell their own stories, in their own words and other means of expression, such as through photos and videos.
In contrast to the homeless version is this video very balanced. Somewhat cautious and shy too, though. But it’s exactly what the organization has in mind, making the invisible migrant worker visible. And the video is just one small part of their. They have a very good website and social media strategy with a growing about of stories. Because that’s what is it basically, storytelling all written in the migrants own words.
This is one story from their Instagram account:
To our migrant worker friends, Singapore is not just a place for them to earn more money for their family back home. For some like Mr Zhou Xing Hu, it has also become a place where they want their family members to visit someday. Original text: "我是一个外国客工，来新打工赚多点薪水回家好让父母孩子过好一点，也让自己的辛勤劳动给新加坡添砖加瓦，让新加坡花园城市更加美丽。 有机会让我们的子孙来新旅游。" Translated text: "I am a foreign worker. I came to Singapore to earn more money so that my parents and children can have a better life, and to also make a little contribution to Singapore, to beautify this Garden City. If I have a chance, I would like my children and grandchildren to come over to Singapore for a holiday." To read more stories, visit the link in our bio.