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Thanks Piggy. I’m still new in this country but what interests me is not all those civil rights, racial issue and equal opportunity things. I know how physical traits work in this world and this is the actuality. I don’t even bother to argue with things related to ‘discrimination’. I think your way to ‘fight back’ is quite good. You’re keeping your ‘unique’ identity.
I’m reading something about ethnicity these days, and I want to find out how a second generation views himself in terms of culture and ethnicity, and what factors lead to the variances of the strength of ethnic identification of different person (I agree with you on the education and family impact...)
From you, I found how a second generation senses himself varies heavily from one person to another and from one situation to another. How do you think about some second generations who think them have little affiliation with China or HK or whatever? How do you view Chinese culture as opposed to the North American culture (don’t just give me ‘collectivelism vs. individualism’...:) ). What keeps you in this Mandarin-(or Mainland China culture)-dominated forum Rolia?
Yes Toronto and Vancouver have large Chinese communities and the mass immigration took place I guess since 1960s. You can also see the fast-growing Chinese ethnic economy in the two cities (of course the recent HK immigrants coming under the Business Immigration Program. contributed a lot ). I guess this ethnic economy provides an ethnically-confined environment to the maintaining of Chinese culture or whatever. One day I was wondering what if there was no Chinese grocery store, no Chinese real-estate agency...what would the second generation grow like to be...I saw English-speaking Chinese teenagers (I guess they’re of Chinese origins) hanging out in Chinese shopping malls in Toronto and I was asking myself dose this shopping mall (etc) provide them constraints or a protected niche or opportunities or whatever...
After 1997, immigrants from Mainland China has surpassed HK and has stayed on the top of sending country list ever since. And, around half of them reside in Toronto. This is what caught your notice on the streets I guess. Sometime I found the communication between a Mainland Chinese and a Taiwanese Chinese is easier to conduct because of the common dialect...I didn’t expect a person with HK origin in this forum.
Some cantonese dialect ends with the sound "ar" and "la"...and now you have picked up some mandarin dialects “aiya”...congratulations...
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