Smart, Sophisticated City Dwellers and Interracial Unions

Cynthia Cheng Interracial couples are “happenin’” in cities across the country.  According to this Toronto Star article, 5.1% of all city-dwelling couples were interracial, while 0.5% of all non-city people were.  Vancouver has the most mixed relationships, at 8.5%.  The city factor is not surprising, since demographically, minorities are more likely to live in cities […]

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 […]

Culture Clashes with Parents and the Media

Movies have been dealing with culture clashes between immigrant parents and their new country raised children.  The first talking picture, The Jazz Singer dealt with this very topic – a son of a Jewish cantor who wished to perform jazz.  Several decades later, we got Bend it like Beckham and My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  […]

Living at Home as an Adult

There are those who believe that anyone who is no longer in school should move out from their parents’ home and become more responsible.  Unfortunately, living away from one’s parents does not make a person more responsible.  Responsibility and being an adult comes from one’s behaviour, not because one no longer lives with his/her parents.  […]

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Cynthia's Thoughts on the To Kill a Mockingbird Ban

After hearing about To Kill a Mockingbird being banned at a Toronto-area high school’s reading list because a parent didn’t like the use of the “n” word in the book, I realized how lucky I was.  Throughout middle school and high school, we read many books which dealt with sensitive topics or were at least “borderline” […]

Cynthia’s Thoughts: Paying for Internships?

Many students take unpaid internships in the summer months, either as a requirement for their coursework or because they want the experience.  Generally, students look for the internship themselves or they’re matched through the school.  However, I recently heard on the radio that people were actually bidding for internship positions at auction, with proceeds going […]