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Wednesday January 29, 2003
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The Discussion, Part I

The Discussion, Part II

LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 - 12:00 p.m.

Canada's multicultural smorgasbord

In September, The Gazette addressed the issue of “What is Canadian culture?” While we discussed cultural icons, such as tuques, Tim Hortons coffee and the great B.C. Gold, we avoided the topic that Sheila Copps, our Heritage Minister, would love for us to boast about: Canadian multiculturalism.

There is no denying that our country has a wide variety of culture, but the diversity Canadians are often proud of was not something we felt we could address in short pieces. The issue of multiculturalism simply can not be summed up in 250 words or less.

We sat down seven Western students from diverse backgrounds and cultures to discuss what multiculturalism and living as a young Canadian means to them.

Throughout grade school, and now as university students, we have been taught to believe that our nation is a wonderful “mosaic” of happy, diverse cultures. Individual impressions of this “mosaic” are mixed, as our student roundtable discusses the issues of identity, discrimination, stereotypes and the media.

The Discussion, Part I

The Discussion, Part II

The Participants

Name: Ash Boutros
Sex: Male
Age: 26
Canadian status: Immigrant
Ethnicity/“background”: Egyptian
Religion: Christian
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Where do you consider home? Toronto, Canada
Name: Catherine Clune-Taylor
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Canadian status: Born here
Ethnicity/“background”: Half Bahamian, one fourth Irish and one fourth French Canadian
Religion: Recovering Catholic
Sexuality: Sexual
Where do you consider home? Toronto, Ontario
Name: Spencer Daniels
Sex: Male
Age: 22
Canadian status: Born here
Ethnicity/“background”: Anglo Saxon
Religion: Christian by default
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Where do you consider home? Pickering, Ontario, with its scenic backdrop of eight nuclear reactors.
Name: Joyce Ho
Sex: Female
Age: 21
Canadian status: Born here
Ethnicity/“background”: Chinese
Religion: Christianity
Sexuality: Heterosexual
Where do you consider home? Markham, Ontario
Name: Rob Lidstone
Sex: Male
Age: 21
Canadian status: Born here
Ethnicity/“background”: British/Irish (very distantly)
Religion: Agnostic (United Church) Christian
Sexuality: Gay
Where do you consider home? Winnipeg, Manitoba
Name: Amrita Panda
Sex: Female
Age: 22
Canadian status: Born here
Ethnicity/“background”: Indian (East Indian)
Religion: Hindu
Sexuality: Straight
Where do you consider home? Mississauga, Canada
 
Name: Kamilla Pietrzyk
Sex: Female
Age: 20
Canadian status: Immigrant
Ethnicity/“background”: Polish
Religion: Agnostic
Sexuality: Flexible
Where do you consider home? Where my mom is
 

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