I am Malay but some Chinese and Indian friends also consider studying overseas.
We heard racist hate crimes are common in the West, like Indian students killed in Australia, shooting blacks in the USA and attacks on Muslims in Europe. Our literature text by David Hare shows British assault Indians. Even worse is attacking Chinese mistaken for Japanese or Sikhs mistaken for Muslims.
In Singapore, general crime rate is low and we are taught how to protect from crimes. Every country has racism but in Singapore it is milder than the West and hate crimes almost never happen here.
Of course tourists and international students also crime targets for non racist reasons. Advice on this is also welcome since how to protect from crimes in Singapore may not work overseas.