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看看Canadian Census就知道什么是mainstream. 这个社会上不仅有majoriy, charter group和minority之分，还有visible minority etc.。Anglophone and Francophone是 official majority groups.
1.1996 Canadian census asked to which ethnic or cultural group(s) did this person’s ancestors belong? For example, French, English,, German, Scottish, Chinese, Inuit, Dutch, etc.
2. Canadian Census还普查country of birth, mother tongue, home language, first knowledge of official language etc.
3. Moreover, Canadian Census还有VISIBLE MINORITY这一项
您该知道谁属于mainstream, who are minority.
个人意见: There does exists a blurring of boundary between the so-called mainstream society and the non-mainstream one and I guess this comes from the understanding of ethnicity (you can add race, but I hate to use it though). Apart from the objective measurements, such as what we can see from census, ethnicity is absolutely a felt affiliation, attachment or ethnic identification of who he/she is and what he/she belongs to. It is a sense of belonging. It’s by no means primordial but absolutely socially constructed. Therefore, you can claim whatever strength of ethnic identification you have to Chinese, or you may feel sometime you are in mainstream, or sometime you’re back to the Chineseness. However, ethnicity is also imposed. From the eyes of other groups, your ethnicity is judged by your physical traits, nothing more, no matter how many generations of CBC.＜本文发表于: 相约加拿大:枫下论坛 www.rolia.net/f ＞