Immigration, Assimilation, Ethnicity and All That Jazz

Toronto Star: Chinese Canadians Conflicted about Tibet Situation

Posted by chinesecanuck on April 13, 2008

Nicholas Keungm, the diversity and immigration reporter at the Toronto Star had an article today that discussed the conflict that Chinese Canadians have over the whole Tibet/Olympics issue.  Chinese Canadians in general are defnitely upset about the human rights abuses that occur in China, but they do not want a boycott of the Olympics.  OK.  I understand.  But the problem I have with that article is how China is referred to as “the homeland” rather than “the old country” and that it seems like he only spoke with ONE CBC, a young man whose family came to Canada in 1912.  So my question is this:  Is Nicholas Keung, himself of Chinese descent, agreeing with the Perpetual F oreigner myth?  I’m not sure of his background, whether he’s CBC, CRC (Canadian Raised Chinese….someone who wasn’t born in Canada, but came before junior high school age) or someone who came as a tween or later.  And he didn’t talk to anyone who was for the boycott. In other words, the entire article is pretty shitty. 

By the way, in my experience, many Chinese Canadian immigrants themselves don’t consider themselves “Canadian” which doesn’t exactly help.  People do realize that you have to behave a certain way in order for others to accept you, right?   If you continually call Hong Kong or China, “home” rather than “the old country” then the general public will not see you as Canadian.  As we saw with the conflict in Lebanon a few years ago, too many “technical Canadians” only come here for the passport, never really considering themselves Canadian.  I won’t get into the whole multiculturalism (people who know me know that I’m not 100% for multiculturalism.  I’m not for complete assimilation either…I’m for people who are nice and properly cultured…more on that another time…) issue here, but I don’t understand why people don’t see this as a problem.  

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2 Responses to “Toronto Star: Chinese Canadians Conflicted about Tibet Situation”

  1. […] Immigration, Assimilation, Ethnicity and All That Jazz wrote an interesting post today on Toronto Star: Chinese Canadians Conflicted about Tibet SituationHere’s a quick excerptNicholas Keungm, the diversity and immigration reporter at the Toronto Star had an article today that discussed the conflict that Chinese Canadians have over t he whole Tibet/Olympics issue…. […]

  2. Alston said

    I can’t see why people that come here would necessarily consider themselves Canadian when their values have been shaped somewhere else. It seems reasonable that they might want to come here to partake in opportunities that they couldn’t have back home, but retain their original cultural identity because such is the official promise that Canada makes to all immigrants. Of course, there are many that believe that we should not make that promise at all, but that’s another discussion.

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