What Kind of Mask


Emily Chong Pui Yee, is a Communication Major student in SEGi College Subang Jaya’s American Degree Program. Emily likes to tell stories, whether in written, verbal or through visuals such as photos and videos.

Here, Emily shares her opinion on different personalities that we go through as a person.



What Kind of Mask

by Emily Chong

Everyone is born naked, we do not know their characteristics and nobody judges them. People say, the formative years of childhood will have an impact on the kids’ future. I still wonder.

How do people really define the kids? Do their parents really talk to them about who they are? Or is it merely through third person observation?

When kids are transforming to teenagers, they will start defining themselves if no one else around them have defined them. They will start to behave like what aligns with their characters through speeches, hobbies and appearance. Hence, they decide to wear different masks to represent themselves; to feel more comfortable just by being who they want to be.

I’d say that each of us starts wearing different masks when we start schooling. The moment we step out from our house, to socialize with people, we will actually think of who am I in front of this particular crowd.

Wearing mask is just a way of representing yourself and making yourself special in front of the crowd. It is a way to beautify our characters.

In the society, everyone is as good as switching role with a different mask, either voluntary or forced. We are all capable of wearing different masks, so why not?

In school, we want to be student of the year, to be liked by friends and teachers; hence we try our best to perform well in every aspect and not going against any school rules. At home, we want to be pampered, to get attention from our parents, so we show our parents our emotions/wants/needs to let them shower us with love. Even in school and at home, we have different characteristics to show. What about when we step into the society? What else do we want to show to the rest of the world?

Imagine, if everyone is just the same without putting on the respective mask, life will be really dull. My point is, don’t be afraid to put on a mask that represents you, a mask you are proud of, be confident to be different and be who you want to be, even if it means to go against the people around you. At the end of the day, if you do what you enjoy, people will definitely like you and your mask. If you like to doll up, go shop for different clothing, be creative. You never know you might make someone happy by simply dressing up. Forget about the haters as they always exist.

3 thoughts on “What Kind of Mask

  1. I’m thinking that being confident in wearing the preferred mask is somehow a little contradictory for me. We adapt to our surroundings by learning social cues and cultural norms; we learn different roles and discover our identity, and it helps us define ourselves. But my thoughts are that it is not a mask. On another note, isn’t it more rewarding to be found in the comfort of one’s own skin? And to detach from the temporary trappings of this world?

    My question is, do we need a mask?
    Just curious.

  2. Thanks Hannah for putting your comment here.
    When I was thinking about what to write for my article, I know most of the readers will associate masks with hypocrites. However, I’m looking at it from a different perspective.
    First of all, I’m using individual’s actions, characters or appearance as a mask one’s put on to represent themselves is mainly because we are not supposed to follow blindly to society norms, rules and practices. I believe everyone has a talent, it can be inherited or nurtured, however, a lot of times, being influenced by the society, these people are being pulled to follow the trend because they think it is cool or they are simply blinded. So the talent they have is not shown and being used at all, as they are too busy to follow the “in” trend.
    I’m trying to use the “mask” to represent our roles in the society. I’m sure we all can make a difference in our community, if not the world. Just like the art of Chinese face mask performance, we all are very good in switching roles in the society, as long as we play all the roles well. No one can judge how we play it.

  3. “My point is, don’t be afraid to put on a mask that represents you, a mask you are proud of, be confident to be different and be who you want to be, even if it means to go against the people around you.” A well defined statement of true conveyed message which I look upto. The world itself is all a stage as expressed by Shakespeare centuries ago and we are all actors on that very stage which requires a perfect fit of mask to go accordingly. A well written article and keep up the good work! 😉

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