This board game aims to promote racial harmony among Singaporeans and I don’t know what to make of it

Soon, little ones in Singapore will be able to learn about the different races and religions that are on the island state.

This is provided if the Kickstarter-funded board game by Raymond Tay materializes.

Dubbed the Race to Harmony game, Raymond said that the board game aims to teach Singaporeans on the diverse cultural practices and celebrations of various ethnic groups of Lion City.

How does the board game work?

In total, six people can play the game and they have to race against each other by answering questions correctly and expressing themselves.

The game comes with 40 question cards that challenges people’s knowledge about a particular race or religion.

One of the eight expression cards. IMAGE: Kickstarter.

“However, they are subjected to luck as there are positive and negative effects along the journey. At the same time, they will enjoy the beauty of diversity in the game,” the Kickstarter description reads.

To make the game a little more interesting and slightly controversial, there’s the eight expression cards. One of it includes prompt such as, “Strike a dance pose of an ethnic group.”

Did we mention that this game is controversial?

Race to Harmony is already getting Singaporeans talking on Twitter with many claiming the execution for the game just wrong.

Having people strike a dance pose of an ethnic group can also motivate some players to mock the cultures.

Plus, teaching people about race through a competitive game is just counter-intuitive. Sure it might help people get to know unknown facts and trivia about a particular culture but it wouldn’t really lead to discussions on why a particular group is marginalized.

Wait, who created the board game again?

Raymond Tay. According to his website he claims to be in the “human capital development” business.

A quick check on his website yielded that he’s offering consultation and coaching services for people and organizations on personality, emotional intelligence, administration, and leadership.

Raymond claims to have worked with the public and private sectors by delivering many “tailored evidence-based learning solutions”.

He hopes to hit the US$1,770 target. As of the time of writing, two people have pledged a total of US$74.

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Cover image sourced from Kickstarter.