Volleyball practice is tiring, but it's nowhere near as exhausting as the rest of my life! Sometimes I wonder if everybody has so much drama in their life, or if it's just me. I want to be a doctor, a good daughter, a reliable friend, and I'm also trying to figure out my faith - and given that I go to a co-ed Christian school, that can get pretty tricky some times. Especially if I end up liking someone who won't "pass the parent test" because he's Christian and Chinese. But that's life as Nadia. And this is what it's like, to be me.
What do you think about this headshot? Been trying different looks out to see what would work for my casting portfolio. I guess breaking into the acting and modelling world was never going to be easy, but I didn't realise it would be so hard because of who I am. And there's so much pressure on me to change how I look, just to have an easier life in NS, or to finally get a casting call back... but I don't know if that's the right thing for me to do. I'm lucky my Selinder hearts me for who I am, but life's pretty tough as Aman. I guess this is what it's like, to be me.
What if you were born as somebody else? What if your race, gender, and other "identities" were something else? Would you still be able to go through life as you have? Would it be easier? Harder? What challenges and opportunities would you have that are different? What would it be like to not be you?
These are hard questions. But questions we must ask ourselves, so we can be better.
We are building an interactive fiction game that gets to the heart of empathy. But instead of asking people to "walk a mile" in others’ shoes, we are giving you a chance to be them — to play as a character with their identity in our game.
To Be You was conceived to help dismantle stereotypes and reduce prejudice, and ultimately foster greater empathy and inclusiveness among Singaporeans. This idea was one of the winners of the 2020 MCCY:Mission Unite Hackathon.
This is a project by the non-profit volunteer-run techforgood community, better.sg. At better.sg, we brainstorm, build, and supercharge techforgood digital tools to address societal issues.
Co-lead, Dev Team Lead
Gaurav is a hobby coder and believes that empathy comes from recognising that everybody has a story, and we should take the time to listen and understand first.
Co-lead, Design Team Lead
Zikun is a UX/Experience designer focused on creating fun and impactful experiences across digital and physical mediums.
If you care about empathy in Singapore and want to give us feedback, share your own stories, and help make this game spread like wildfire, get in touch with us! We would also love to hear your experiences with diversity so we can consider it for future characters!CONTACT US
If you are a school or an organisation that thinks this game might be a good way to get your students or staff to have a productive and positive conversation about empathy and cultural differences, reach out to us and get notified when our "facilitated discussion" toolkit is launched.ENQUIRE NOW
If you would like to be part of volunteer the team behind this project, and you are able to fill these specific roles (covering illustration, UIUX, social media, public relations) in the team, please do join us as a volunteer (and you'll also join the better.sg community!)VOLUNTEER