Crazy Anti-Immigration Dude in Downtown TO

Last week, I came across a man on the corner of Yonge and Bloor.  He was wearing a huge sign which said “Imigration Violates My Human Rights.”  Yes, he spelled “immigration” incorrectly.  The guy didn’t look all that educated, and was, for the most part, ignored.  A woman did approach him, but soon stomped away.  […]

Immigration Sob Stories Boring and Not Interesting

Cynthia Cheng Why is it that every story the media report on regarding immigrants has to be borderline depressing?  It’s always about not being able to find jobs, or kids not fitting in.  Going as far back as movies like the Jazz Singer, the immigrant child always has some sort of culture clash with the […]

Immigration and Integration: The New Canada

Cynthia Cheng According to a recent Globe and Mail article, Canada’s visible minority population is set to double in the next twenty years.  This is not only due to increased immigration, but also because some cultures tend to have more children than others.  However, it’s very interesting that some commentors automatically assume that any recent arrival […]

A More International, Sophisticated Perspective Needed Online

Cynthia Cheng Many blogs don’t seem to have an international perspective.  These sites, usually run by people who’re multigenerational, don’t seem to understand those who are children or grandchildren of immigrants.  Whenever non-multigeneration people posts something that multigenerationers feel is incorrect, there seems to be a reason to “correct” them.  It’s as if old culture influences is not […]

Lack of Exposure, Just Like Me Syndrome or Something More?

Cynthia Cheng The Jezebel and Big Bad Baby Names (registration required to read this board) posts about the “racist” KFC ads in Australia have me thinking.  Is the very reason that American commenters not understanding the fact that Australians did not see the ad as racist a misunderstanding or something else (just a backgrounder: the […]