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predicts that are going to form a new majority in various cities of Canada by 2031. Does that mean current…

By michelleha , in The Minority Report: Lives of visible minorities in Metro Vancouver , on March 23, 2010

predicts that are going to form a new majority in various cities of Canada by 2031. Does that mean current members of visible minorities could truly evolve as a major part of this nation? Not just in numbers but in social, economical and political contexts? Having lived in Vancouver for the last 9 years as a member of visible minorities, I have met many immigrants and Korean-Canadians who suffer from identity crisis in process of settling down in Canada.

Let me introduce to  some members of the visible minorities of the multicultural Metro Vancouver..

They feel like they used to be SOMEONE in their home countries but now they sank down to NO ONE in Canada.

1. Name: Jung-ryul Kim

Ethnic Background: Asian (Korean)

Occupation in Korea: History Education Professor at University of Dae-guu

Status in Canada: Canadian citizenship holder for 8 years

Occupation in Canada: Owner of a grocery store in North Vancouver

2. Name: Keum-min Cho

Ethnic Background: Asian (Korean)

Occupation in Korea: School Nurse

Status in Canada: Canadian citizenship holder for 2 years

Occupation in Canada: A kitchen helper at a sushi restaurant in Burnaby

3. Name: Xian (Kevin) Luk

Ethnic Background: Asian (Chinese)

Occupation in China: Lawyer

Status in Canada: Permanent Residency holder for 2 years

Occupation in Canada: Unemployed

The increase of population alone cannot allow visible minorities to become a new majority group. What needs to be done then? Many of my subjects think lack of adequate English skills is the biggest obstacle for them in their journey to break into Canada’s workforce. Then where can they go to get affordable language training and education? That should be my next task to find out if is ready to facilitate the new “emerging visible majorities”.

Comments


  • Too sad about the current situations for all Canada immigrants. I feel the same thing when I was staying in Vancouver. Almost 7 years have passed. At present, I want to live in Vancouver, but the thing I’ve worried about most is that communication skill…….

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