Be proud of being a Chinese, Be proud of being a Canadian. There is no confliction between them.

ali (Ali)
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At least the law says discriminations against race, age, gender etc. are
prohibited. You select Canada as your new home, permanently or temporarily,
you have the rights to be equal to other members in this land and (I think)
you have no reason to say it's not my home. It is true that the reality is
not always as good as what stated in the great legal documents. But at
least you are eititled to the rights you deserve. I went to the recent
fedaral vote, not because I thought my single vote would decide the winner,
but because it is my right. Unfortunately, my candidate lost.

This country allow people to have a say on its policies. So why not unite
together, form a force, and fight for the correctness in this new land.
We Chinese new immigrants can be, and should be a force in the society,
to build a better Canada for all of us, for people from China, from
Africa, from Europe. Merge into the society, be a part of it.

Talking about "merge", I would say, it is not about how fluent your
English is, what you dress, where you live or how many "Canadian",
"American" friends you have, its how you view yourself in the society.
Do you participate in Voluntary social activities, do you care what
happen in your community, do you put forward your opinion and do anything
to influence it.

There is a different view on the Jew's experience - what if they have
much stronger political power in the countries they live? How Isarel can
survive while surrounded by hostile Arabian countries? No one will
neglect the US's support backed by the Jewish influencing groups in the
US political circle.

We need not to be ashamed of being Chinese, nor should we feel superior
than people of other ethnic backgrounds. No one has the right to look
down upon you since you are not saying "I will go back to China." Only
the aboriginals can say Canada is their native land, all other immigrants
are equal in this sense.

Why separate yourself from Canada? Does it do good to anyone/any country
by saying "I just hold Canadian citizenship, I don't want really to be
a 'Canadian'", especially when there is no conflict of interest between
the two nations. Even if some day, because of some stupid politician's
stupid decision, being a Canadian citizen, you have to right to express
your will and by uniting other good people, you will have the chance to
influence government decisions. Is this better than only saying "I'm a
Chinese, I will go home some day" ? Many Chinese Canadians love our
motherland no less than anyone else on this forum. I still remember the
organizers of the Protest Agains US/NATO bombing of Chinese Ambassy in
Yogoslovakia are Cantonese-speaking "old" immigrants.

I think we Chinese in Canada should aim high in the society, more than
just make a better life, we need to consider how to become a power in
the society and catch our future in our own hands.
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