Canadian Manifesto: How I Love to Hate You
These days I get inspired quite easily. Ideas just well up; there are no writing blocks, but the time doubled its ability of mysterious disappearance.
I had no intention of writing on multiculturalism and multicultiphobia, I had no intention of dwelling again on my immigration memories because I just wrote a hub which was at least dedicated to my 14th anniversary of landing in Toronto, Canada, yet ended up more reflecting my thoughts on Toronto and its new nickname El Toro.
I had two other hubs waiting. They still do. While switching between my two e-mail accounts I saw an article on the most typical face on the planet with the population of seven billion people. It turned out to be Han the Chinese man. Nothing too extraordinary, especially given the fact or rather estimation that by 2030, that man would miraculously transform into an Indian.
Han the Attila, Attila the Hun
- The most typical face on the planet - Yahoo! News
National Geographic Magazine released a video clip, below, showing the most "typical" human face on the planet as part of its series on the human race called "Population 7 billion." The researchers conclude that a male, 28-year-old Han Chinese man is
A man is locked in a dark room - his mind
What pushed me over the edge were the comments. We have the freedom now to comment and comment we do. So much hatred! Canadians went on and on about how terrible immigration was and how multiculturalism failed everywhere, whereas immigrants said quite the opposite. Both views had valid points and I decided to make my own little contribution. Not to the discussion. I feel that participating in those discussions is like going to very dirty public washrooms, if you can avoid it, just hold.
Somewhere I even read that “blogs are dirty washrooms, where people overfed with glamour and life in general cannot withhold and throw up.” You don’t have to agree with me, just read the discussion and tell me later how it feels. The feeling ain’t pretty.
I came across a very clever and sarcastic author - Gene Weingarten from "The Washington Post".
One article is about modern plight of journalists and the other about decline or rather the official death of English language.
"In the United States, English has become increasingly irrelevant particularly among young adults." (Gene Weingarten)
Gene Weingarten on Citizen Journalists and Literacy in General
- Gene Weingarten - Goodbye, cruel words: English. It\'s dead to me.
The English language,which arose from humble Anglo-Saxon roots to become the lingua franca of 600 million people worldwide and the dominant lexicon of international discourse,is dead. It succumbed last month at the age of 1,617 after a long illness.
- Gene Weingarten - Gene Weingarten column mentions Lady Gaga.
Humor columnist Gene Weingarten laments the changes,especially in headlines,as American newsrooms move from newspapers to online operations. And mentions Lady Gaga!
The most typical face on Earth
The reason for commotion
The most typical person
- - is right – handed
- - makes less than $12,000 a year
- - has a cell phone
- - does not have a bank account (less than 25% of us do)
The most typical person looks like:
- - is a male (males outnumber females but just barely)
- - is 28 years old
- - Han the Chinese man
There are more than 9,000,000 of them.
By 2030, the most typical manwould be Indian and remember that “typical” is always relative .
As I said there is nothing extraordinary, but this little article provoked such unbelievably heated discussion!
Do you want to live in China?
I did get back to my early days of immigration after all with all this talk about Chinese taking over the world. When we had our interview with the Canadian Immigration Officer in 1997, he suggested that we head for a big city because we were from Moscow and living in rural Canada wouldn’t do anything for us. But he suggested going to Vancouver. We had next to nothing knowledge about Canada anyway, so we ordered the tickets to Vancouver.
Then when it was time to pick our visas from the Canadian Embassy in Moscow, we were standing in line and we met one guy who was Russian but already had Canadian citizenship. He was from Ottawa.
- Vancouver? Why on earth, Vancouver?
- Well, you don’t have to. You have a choice. What, do you want to live in China?
- Why China? What China? What are you talking about?
- Vancouver is an Asian-dominated city and unless it is what you want, I suggest you go to Toronto.
We did. It had more benefits for us, it was closer to Moscow, so the airfare was cheaper and so the long distance calls rates. It took less time to travel back and forth. Toronto had a fairly big Russian community from which I tried to stay away as far as I could and as long as I could.
But coming back to living in China. I didn’t want to live in Chinese-dominated city. I don’t like “dominated” anything. I like balance. I don’t like “girls only” and “boys only and I”, it all makes me quite uncomfortable.
When we came to Toronto, I heard a story from a Romanian mother that she had to take her daughter from one school and transfer to another because most students were Chinese and they were quite exclusive. Chinese stick together like glue. Russians scatter like mercury.
I am not writing against Chinese at all, I am recollecting and reflecting. Ironically enough, I live in little China. The area where I live in Toronto, North-East, borders on Chinese-dominated regions. If you go north, there would be Chinese everything. Not English – Chinese, Chinese – English, just CHINESE.
Once we were in a supermarket and I needed to ask a question, but I could not find anyone speaking English.
Do I live in China?
My boy goes to school and I would say 80% to 90% children in his class are Chinese. My son is the only white boy and another white person in the class is the teacher.
Do I live in China?
Yes and no, something like that. I don’t mind. If this is the reality, then this is the reality. There are other things that bother me more about immigration and ethnic group domination.
Russians and Chinese are Brothers Forever
This slogan comes from the times when Russia and China were on friendly terms. Chinese learnt Russian, Russians did not have to learn Chinese, times might change, but what I find is that Chinese people from older generations are well disposed towards Russians. They even try to remember a few words and if they can they are so happy. "Tovarisch" (Comrade)...
I have to admit that this hub become a monster (a monstrosity, more like), too long, too many themes, but until I have the time to edit or rewrite I would like to keep it as it is. Therefore, I offer you the connection - Russian - Chinese connection. There is a very beautiful and beloved Russian war song "Katyusha" (a girl who was singing about her loved one being in the Army) and I offer you this song in Chinese. Chinese loved old Russian songs and who can blame them, those songs are beautiful. In Russian, in Chinese, in any language.
Music is the most beautiful connection people might share. Music, art, dance...
If a typical man is Chinese, why Canadians are so upset?
There a few phrases that surfaced when I was reading on multiculturalism. Canadians are concerned that immigration will negate Canadian identity. Nowadays, being an immigrant is more typical than being Canadian-born and raised.
"The quiet heroism of getting along" - I can identify with this phrase, sometimes I feel that it is too much diversity to handle especially when I have to accept "The Dark Ages" washing up on Canadian shores.
"Masochistic celebration of Canadian nothingness" - sounds funny, yet sad.
I did not write “Canadian Manifesto”. Clearly I don’t have enough imagination for things like that. I don’t hate or I don’t hate enough. Maybe not yet. There are things that rub me the wrong way. But I don’t give you the source for a reason. The person, who did it, got enough trouble for writing it. The comments exchange is so repulsive that you are better off with only a few glimpses. That is what it is, a glimpse at an opinion. A cut, shearing, cross-section, sectional view – whatever word you prefer. Without those opinions, the view of multiculturalism is never complete. To say that everything is wonderful is simply not true, to say that everything is terrible…
To signify that I am quoting somebody from "Discussion", I will name these responses "Discussion Highlights".
Canadian Manifesto. Part I. Welcome!
"Discussion Highlight # 1."
I was born in Canada 60 years ago.
Now it seems to me on this page that too many people are not loading their brain with facts before shooting off their mouth.
Take a deep breath all of you and think before you get your fingers going on the keyboard.
It is the mix of different races that makes Canada what it is.
All I am seeing a bunch of prejudiced inconsiderate arsh-holes spouting off at the mouth without really thinking what they are saying.
We need to remember rule # 1
If you want someone to treat you in a certain way then treat them that same way. If you don’t want to be treated in a certain way then do not treat anyone else in that way.
It is called the Golden Rule from Christiandom.
Now I know some of you have never been introduced to Christianity, but I think you will find that Allah and Buddha even John Smith also had this concept within their doctrine.
That is where all religious ideals touch base on the same ground.
Love thy neighbor as thy brother.
Give Peace a Chance - John Lennon
Canadian Manifesto. Part II. Conform or Else!
Having said that, the other side of the coin goes like this.
When in Rome do as the Romans do.
Please do not come here expecting to bring everything to my country from your country.
You left your country - remember?
If you want to live in my country you must learn to live within my rules and under the authority that is already established here in my country.
You have every opportunity to return to your home country where life is perfect - right?
That is why you left - REMEMBER?
I did not agree to accept your problems and bad attitudes in my country.
Leave that junk at home.
Fit In or Fork Off. FIFO
I will love you like a brother if you choose to Fit In.
And I will help you to FO if you don’t choose to Fit In.
An Interesting View Expressed by Students
To Hell with Your Multiculturalism. Canada for Canadians!
"Discussion Highlight # 2".
"Multiculturalism is a failed social experiment"
Gordon Brown, British PM
"Multiculturalism has failed"
Angela Murke, German Chancellor
These are the leaders of Britain and Germany, openly announcing that multiculturalism does not work.Immigrantscome to Canada and rather than integrate they form small ethnic pockets in our cities and keep their old way of life. Only left wing bleeding heart Canadians refuse to see this.
Recently, CSIS has announced that certain government officials of Chinese and Indian descent are being influenced by their respective home countries....aka....they are spying on Canada.
A few weeks ago, hacked into our national defense department for information on Canadian and Western nations’ new weaponry. We have Somali's in Toronto going door to door recruiting for Islamic terrorist organizations as reported last week by the CBC news, not to mention the other Muslim terrorists that arrested by CSIS on a weekly basis. And of course there is the Sikh problem, where they think they are above the law by not having to wear motorcycle helmets, remove headdress before entering the Legion or the RCMP, and now they want to wear a dagger into our parliament buildings. Chinese hackers
And Canadians are told we are intolerant? We have all of these 3rd worlders coming into our beautiful country and this is what we get. Don't worry bleeding heart pinkos, the day will come where you too will wake up as I did. The world is not an innocent place, and nobody "loves" us, they only love our natural resources. The world views Canada as a country that is up for grabs, and its citizens are too stupid to even know it.
"The seven essays that fill this book pack more punch than you might expect." — Omar Majeed, Montreal Gazette
It starts with China, it ends with China
As usual, I was looking for something else, when I came across this book “Multicultiphobia” by Phil Ryan. I did not want to buy it, so I looked up a review. Phil Ryan is a public policy professor at Carleton University in Ottawa. His book is an attempt “to make the national discussion about multiculturalism less hysterical, more grounded in reality and fairer.” (Douglas Todd)
The review of a book is quite condensed, so I found it difficult “to summarize a summary” so to speak. The article is a delight, so is a book I assume.
The Act of Multiculturalism was introduced in 1988 and as Phil Ryan pointed out “the term was never defined”. This fatal omission was one of the reasons that the term “multiculturalism was so explosive”.
The most common fears of Canadian authors are that multiculturalism is “a cult” spawning “homegrown terrorism”, ethnic “ghettos”, “anything goes relativism”, “cultural genocide” and “a masochistic celebration of Canadian nothingness”. Multiculturalism, they are afraid might “turn Canada into the next ethnically war-torn “Bosnia” or even lead to a new “Holocaust”.
This is apparent from two replies by Canadians to a fairly neutral article by National Geographic which had nothing to do with Canada or multiculturalism. They are, of course, far less eloquent than professional Canadian journalists and authors who write on the topic. Yet, as you can see they are quite on the mark. Anger, fear, resentment…
Sometimes I also think that there is too much of a “Molotov’s Cocktail”. “Accumulation and acculturation” takes time, but with the current rate of immigration, it is the newcomers who determine more the pattern of Canadian “mosaic” than the longtime Canadians.
“Almost three out of four newcomers come to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto”, where Toronto is hit the most. Statistics Canada projects that more that 60 per cent of the population of Vancouver and Toronto will be a “visible minority” by 2031.
That is lovely, but I don’t need any statistics to tell you that on my Bus Route, I have become a “visible minority” long time ago. It is not unusual for me to be the only white person on a bus.
But as it was eloquently put by either Douglas Todd or Phil Ryan:
“Don’t treat whites as the “default Canadians” and visible minorities as “house guests.”
That is true; I am not a default Canadian, even though I experience some bouts of “Canadian nothingness”. I am caught in between two worlds, I am no longer Russian I used to be, but I am not a long-time Canadian, nor will I ever be. My past made an indelible mark of who I am.
I have read somewhere that it takes an immigrant on average twelve years to achieve the same status as he/she might have had in his/her country of origin. On the one hand, there are a lot of educated immigrants that got stuck in less prestigious jobs in Canada due to the legislation, language barrier, inability to get acknowledgement of their degrees.
On the other? What is on the other?
I can tell you it takes me longer. I am in the continuous phase of transformation.
“Ryan holds out hope that Canadian multiculturalism will advance the ideal it has championed from the beginning – to encourage, through frank cross-cultural dialogue – both mutual transformation and broad social advancement.”
I, probably, agree with the more optimistic view on Canadian multiculturalism. As most of my friends, I enjoy the fact that we are all different from different places and we are getting along. But that does not prove anything. My circle is very small.
As Phil Ryan put it “the jury is still out on the policy [of multiculturalism].”
I’d rather prefer that it would work. There is no need to become another Yugoslavia, Chechnya, Rwanda or even France.
Maybe, if it would not work, I would have to go to China.
I was just reminded (again!) that Russia was on a death spiral and I was asked what would happen. Simple, I said, China would take over Russian territory (the process has already began in the Far East) and Russian women would marry Chinese men. The failed social experiment to control the population growth resulted in males outnumbering females in China and all the horror stories that followed. In Russia, men die out for a variety of reasons, so females outlive and outnumber males, so they might as well marry Chinese. Those are my speculations only.
I was talking about Canada and came back to China again. You should know how many times I heard that the second official language in Canada should be Chinese, not French. Well, who knows? Twenty years from now? Who will my son marry and what foreign language will he choose to learn?
“As my mom did for me, I’m helping my own girls, Ming Lee, 9, and Aoki Lee, 7, learn about tolerance—to respect differences in culture, religion and appearance.
The line for tolerance for race, religion and culture is drawn at matrimony
- Mixing and matching, to mom\'s chagrin - thestar.com
As the percentage of Canadians entering mixed unions rises, the family expectation to marry "your own" has many of today's youth feeling caught between two worlds.
“A glooming peace this morning with it brings.
The sun, for sorrow, will not show his head.
Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things.
Some shall be pardoned, and some punishèd.
For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”
(Shakespeare “Romeo and Juliet”)
For never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
“A story of more woe” – ironically, the pain it took me to find original text is inexplicable. I never read Shakespeare in English, so because I was going by translation I could not find the right passage. My internet connection and my computer have slowed down beyond imagination and it created too mush pain to bear. But I really wanted to finish this hub. I am more task-oriented person that is why I don’t seem to manage my time properly.
Why is this hub so important when I have other things to do?
Anyway, coming back to Romeo. In my other hub “Toronto takes off as El Toro”, I named Toronto “El Romeo”. It was more of a word play, I had fun.
I did it not occur to me and it should, that living in Babylon will lead to intermarriages and romances that won’t be approved by families. It is quite a serious matter. Yes, Canada is a land of Romeos and Juliets. Yes, there are those stories. There are “honour” killings.
I don’t think my son will marry a Russian. If he will I would be very much surprised. But I am also haven’t given up on marriage yet. In fact, I think I might find a partner for a second and last marriage for I am a marrying kind. My first husband was Russian which was understandable. I think I was only fourteen at the time when my mother told me that I should never marry a Caucasian man (from Caucasus that is) or a military officer. In both cases, my life would be miserable. She gave me good reasoning and I never considered either.
But now? For some reason I doubt that I will marry a Russian. I have nothing against Russians (well, maybe I do, but not enough to rule out the possibility). So, maybe I will be speaking more English than Russian for the rest of my life. Sometimes I feel wistful and undecided. There are men, however, whom I would never consider. It is not race, it is religion.
“…Religious differences are the hardest area to overcome.”
So, as it is stated in the article by Simona Siad, Ashifa Kassam and Surya Bhattacharya “Mixing and Matching, to mom’s chagrin”:
“For many Canadian families the line of tolerance for race, religion and culture is drawn at matrimony. It is the acid test for modern multiculturalism and national identity.”
Just a few highlights from the article:
Today, the groups least likely to marry another religion are Sikhs, Muslims and Hindus, according to a 2006 Statistics Canada study.
Between 1991 and 2001, a Statistics Canada study found that the number of Canadians living as mixed race couples grew by 35 per cent. While only 452,000 or 3.2 per cent of unions in Canada are mixed-race, researchers say that growing diversity, city growth, education and social mobility will see this percentage continue to climb.
What makes these unions interesting is their significance for tolerance and acceptance. While multiculturalism has been accused of dividing Canadians, marrying into another culture is seen by some as the ultimate unifier.
On a personal note, in fourteen years that I am here, it became quite noticeable. People do mix.
… it tells us that intermarriage is sort of the last step…
Mixed unions could be seen as an “engine for social change”
Future generations of Canadian youth “will shrug off the restraints of ethnicity” and continue to intermarry, says Neil Bissoondath, a Trinidadian-born Canadian author, in his book, Selling Illusions: The Cult of Multiculturalism in Canada.
“They will acquire friends of various backgrounds who share their experiences, some of them intermarry, and most if not all will blend into the mainstream society around them, itself already irrevocably changed. They will, in a word, integrate,” he writes.
However, that is precisely the challenge. The choice between your old culture, family and traditions and new Canadian culture is not an easy one. My grandparents intermarried. Even though my grandmother was not exactly Russian, I don’t think she spoke any other languages. But my grandfather migrated into Russian culture and his children were raised as Russians. Did he regret it? Did he have any other choice? I had no chance to ask. I know that he married for love. At least I think so. Was he happy? I suspect that he wasn’t.
“What is love? It will go away.”
Speaking of appearances: both of my maternal grandparents had stunning looks, so had my parents. When I was born, I was a spitting image of my father. Later I somehow transformed to resemble my mother to the point that people mistook her photo for mine. I did not believe it until I saw it from the distance myself. Our voices sound very similar. So, being a mix, I don’t really look that much Russian. But most people tell me that I do. Those who know that I am Russian. There is a big percentage of those who don’t and then they tell me that I look like their people. From some mountains that I never visited and you know what? I do believe them. However, I now belong in the Great Canadian Void – Canadian Nothingness, there is my Russian past, my life in Canada, before and now and my future with whomever I will marry and wherever I might migrate.
To wrap up this section I have to come back to our Chinese friends again.
Some groups in Canada are more open to intermarriage than others. Japanese immigrants are the most likely minority group to enter into a mixed union, with Chinese and South Asians among the least likely, says a Statistics Canada study.
"Quiet Heroism of Getting (?) Along" or ...?
"Discussion Highlight # 3"
You will never be a Canadian, just like I will never be Chinese if I move to China. Do us all a favour and just go back to whatever cesspool you came from.
Response: All I want to say is a big "Thank You" for proving my point that whether or how much we immigrants try to integrate or not is irrelevant. When we don't "integrate", you guys call us being insensitve and unappreciative of Canadian cultures. But when we do try to integrate, this is the attitudes that we get. No matter how much we try to "integrate", people like you will never accept us. And please don't try to sound smart and talk about China when you have never even tried to visit China.
And no, I am not going to do you a favour by leaving. I am going to stay right here on this Canadian soil and continue to work hard to contribute to Canada and so will my 20 yellow children and 200 yellow grandchildren and my 2,000 yellow great-grand children assuming they all marry Asians. And my fellow yellow, brown, red whatever colour of skin immigrants are all doing the same. And if you don't like it, you are going to have to get out of Canada and honestly our Canada really doesn't need people like you. But since the world is getting smaller to be a global village and everybody is immigrating everywhere, with your attitudes, I don't know where you can go.
But anyway, good luck to you, my fellow Canadian! :-)
Those who are skilled in combat do not become angered,
those who are skilled at winning do not become afraid.
Thus the wise win before they fight, while the ignorant fight to win.
It is either Russia or Former Soviet Union
A great war leaves the country with three armies – an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves.
Hatred Is Not the Answer. Neither Is War
I offer you no conclusions. You can make them on your own. You don’t have to live in Canada to notice that the world is changing. We are connected. We are related.
Hatred in not an answer. Neither is war.
There was a question recently “How can two countries stop war when they are both fighting for peace?”
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
But if you are wondering whom to blame for this hub or its length, don't look too far. It is Han the Chinese man, the most typical person on the planet. Maybe I should marry him? Because I can. I was offered.
You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.
Fighting for Peace? Withdraw
- How can two countries stop war when they are both fighting for peace?
Listing of the answers to the question: How can two countries stop war when they are both fighting for peace?
Oh, I like to read a murder mystery, I like to know the killer isn't me
Hubs about Canada
- To Discriminate is to Recognize Differences
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2006 Census. Immigration to Canada
- 2006 Census: Immigration in Canada: A Portrait of the Foreign-born Population, 2006 Census: Findings
The report focuses on the characteristics and settlement patterns of the foreign-born population, especially the recent immigrants who came to Canada in the last five years. These characteristics are examined at the national and provincial/territoria
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