Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Not FOB; magazine series has Asian students tell about how they see themselves

In a sense, Maclean's magazine and its "Too Asian?" article of months past (see this post, too) may have done Asian students a favour by bringing attention to the issue of how immigrants fit into Canadian life.
Vancouver Observer and Schema magazine have launched a series of articles in which they ask 35 Vancouver teenagers in 12 high schools how they see and define themselves. While names have been changed, the responses are quite interesting. For instance, they found that English-speaking kids don't like ESL (English as a second language) kids because they think they are "lower".(By the way, FOB means "fresh off the boat" and Honger means an immigrant from Hong Kong, particularly one who lacks English.)

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