I am, am I, truly Canadian?

Yosh Kasuga,
Canada.

Canada has the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and embraces multiculturalism on the surface and yet I wonder why as someone born in Canada…I don’t always feel as Canadian as the white Canadian. Why do people ask me where I am from? or where my parents are from? …really from? While no one asks my white friends the same question.

If culture evolves, as I believe it does… my question is when do my parent’s ethnic customs and other customs of other ethnicities become accepted as part of Canadian culture…or will Canadian culture only be associated with first immigrants of French and English origin?
If I don’t enjoy Hockey, Poutine, beaver tails or maple Syrup…does that make me less Canadian?

 

I am, am I, truly Canadian?

Yosh Kasuga,
Canada.

Canada has the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and embraces multiculturalism on the surface and yet I wonder why as someone born in Canada…I don’t always feel as Canadian as the white Canadian. Why do people ask me where I am from? or where my parents are from? …really from? While no one asks my white friends the same question.

If culture evolves, as I believe it does… my question is when do my parent’s ethnic customs and other customs of other ethnicities become accepted as part of Canadian culture…or will Canadian culture only be associated with first immigrants of French and English origin?
If I don’t enjoy Hockey, Poutine, beaver tails or maple Syrup…does that make me less Canadian?

I am, am I, truly Canadian?

Yosh Kasuga,
Canada.

Canada has the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and embraces multiculturalism on the surface and yet I wonder why as someone born in Canada…I don’t always feel as Canadian as the white Canadian. Why do people ask me where I am from? or where my parents are from? …really from? While no one asks my white friends the same question.

If culture evolves, as I believe it does… my question is when do my parent’s ethnic customs and other customs of other ethnicities become accepted as part of Canadian culture…or will Canadian culture only be associated with first immigrants of French and English origin?
If I don’t enjoy Hockey, Poutine, beaver tails or maple Syrup…does that make me less Canadian?

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