Multiculturalism through the decades

1.How do people maintain their culture post immigration, and in what ways?

This website below has a few insides on how immigrants may feel having to go from their culture to Canada’s. Immigrants change their entire life when they come to a new country. They try to learn the new language and they try to fit in even though it might be hard so times. In the website I have provided it says ” They may maintain familiar medical practices, such as traditional healing or therapies that, in many situations, can be helpful. Children and youth may feel ashamed that they don’t know about popular music or television shows, or find it difficult to dress like their new peers.” When immigrants came they would live their life the way they would when they were in their old country and they would open restaurants that would sell common food from their culture and their customers would be other immigrants. Immigrants also sell items that would be common in their old country.

Some immigrants might be discouraged to maintain their culture because of facing racism. I inserted a website that explain what it is like for someone to immigrate. The website says “On settling down in the new culture, their cultural identity is likely to change and that encourages a degree of belonging.” The article explains that even though an immigrant may decide to keep their culture, it will probably change for them being in a different country.

2. How does that show people maintaining their cultural heritage or how does it show people being discouraged from that?

I would think that most immigrants keep their culture alive weather they are showing it physically or emotionally and depending on the person they might be more enthusiastic about their culture than others might be. I have grown up with two immigrant grandparents who have maintained their cultural background but have managed to be apart of  the Canadian culture as well.

3. Based on the two samples you have found, do you think Canada is a multicultural country?  Explain why?

I think Canada is a multicultural country because Canada has been very excepting to most cultures and even if the past wasn’t as welcoming to others, in present day Canada is accepting and has a verity of cultures in the country.

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