A group of us (final semester GNIE students) attended an Open House by a health authority yesterday evening. We found ourselves facing yet another set of systemic discrimination against us in the registered nursing job market. For the first time, I am truly angry, just like the rest of my classmates. It says a lot that I am angry, for I come from a country (Singapore) with an open floodgate to foreign labour, and as a result I understand the rationale and benefits behind some of the systemic barriers to entry in B.C., Canada. [Click here, here and here for examples.]
After tonight, I feel strongly that I have to raise the issues to the open. My classmates look to me to speak for them. I have been working hard to network with the right person(s) [and organization] to leverage upon to highlight our plight. In short, I am on the verge of advocating for ourselves, the GNIE students and graduates as a vulnerable population. Frankly, I do not like this feeling of having to push for justice and equality, for it is in my nature to withdraw and keep to my own quiet corner. But today, I feel like “人在江湖，生不由己” ["a person in society cannot always do as he/she wishes"] in that I feel compiled to bring the issues to light so as to right a wrong.