Mosaic Singapore Inspires With Heartfelt Song

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Slightly over year ago, during the 2019 Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Week, Kat Hawthorne van Zutphen, a renowned speaker and consultant, spoke about how inclusion is not about ignoring the differences among us but about celebrating them. The thought of embracing diversity stuck with me throughout the year. And that thought has been amplified by Micron’s increasing focus on diversity, equality and inclusion.

In 2020, as I got involved in the global initiative at Micron called Mosaic, an employee resource group (ERG) that aims to create an inclusive environment that embraces, celebrates and values all cultural diversity, I remembered that thought from a year ago and wanted to create something — a song —meaningful to complement the initiative in Singapore.

The celebration of diversity that Mosaic embodies echoes a virtue that is familiar to all who have grown up in Singapore — striving to be “one united people, regardless of race, language or religion,” which is part of Singapore’s national pledge. Multiculturalism and diversity have been foundational for Singapore since her early days as a cosmopolitan trading hub, and it remains important today for Singapore, Micron and the convergence of the two.

Mosaic Singapore launches

Mosaic Singapore was launched as a three-day online event. Organizing this in the current pandemic, where physical interaction is limited and many team members are still working from home, was difficult. However, exhibiting Micron’s values of innovation and tenacity, chapter members delivered this virtual launch where team members were treated to an exciting lineup of online festivities.

What was more heartening, though, was the reception of the festivities. In just three days, the ERG had over 1,800 team members sign up, which accounts for more than 20% of the Singapore Micron workforce!

Collaboration is crucial to creation

While I wrote the lyrics to “Beauty in Dissimilarity,” the video would not have been possible without the entire band. The song was performed by Joe and the Time Machine, with Yap Wei Shan, Lee Wen Hao, Juan Antonio and Nasya Martin Theniko on vocals. Samuel Juan played the acoustic guitar; Prashanth Srivatsan, the drums; Goh Jun Zhi, the electric guitar; and I, the keyboard.

The band was supported by a choir of team members of 18 nationalities who espouse the ideal of celebrating our differences, seeing everyone’s worth and value, and embracing them. Our “band manager,” Xu Tingfang, also played a big part in coordinating the effort with team members across the different locations, including the virtual choir. I am grateful for the tireless endeavors of everyone who contributed to this effort, but also the global Mosaic team for this initiative that communicates our values.

The feedback has been nothing short of amazing — from senior leaders and colleagues. But rather than share their opinions, I believe it will be more meaningful to listen to the song and feel what the lyrics below mean to you.

 

Beauty in Dissimilarity
Lyrics by Kegan Ang

Unaware of the condition that we see in monochrome
So prone to forgetting there are others not like us
What if we could look around, pay a little more attention?
What if we could look beyond the unspoken conformity?

I see colors bursting forth all across the land
Every shade a different story, a different pain, a different glory
And if only you could see the beauty in dissimilarity
Then every life is precious because
You see colors

Let us come and stand together as one human race
Welcome each other with honor and with grace
I know there is room to love, to show a little more compassion
Reach out to the different, celebrate our diversity

I see colors bursting forth all across the land
Every shade a different story, a different pain, a different glory
And if only you could see the beauty in dissimilarity
Then every life is precious because
You see colors

We’ll learn to see through the shaded lenses of a brother and sister
We’ll take our stand of love and walk with a neighbor or stranger
Put ourselves aside to see the value of the other
To see the value of another

And if only you could see the beauty in dissimilarity
Then every life is precious because

You see colors bursting forth all across the land
Every shade a different story, a different pain, a different glory
And if all the world could see the beauty in dissimilarity
Then every life is precious because
We see colors

I see colors dancing all across the land
Every shade a different story, a different pain, a different glory
And now all the world can see the beauty in dissimilarity
Every life is precious because
We see colors

 

By Kegan Ang - 2020-09-22
Kegan Ang

Kegan Ang is on the planning team in New Product Introduction in Singapore, accelerating the introduction of new part types into the facility. As a part type owner, he manages the inventory and cycle time of materials in their startup phase. As an automation engineer, he serves as a change agent by using consolidated data to strengthen execution, foster a growth mindset and enhance work-life balance for fellow team members.

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