Still Canadian? Identity, Difference, Ethnicity and Race in the Experience of Canadian Migrants to the United States

ISBN: 9789381043110
Binding:KindleSize: 156x234 mm
Pages: 147Year:

In recent years, most studies on immigrant adaptation and assimilation have examined questions of ethnicity, identity and belonging among groups that are marked as racially different from the white majority in the United States. This book examines the questions of ethnicity, race, identity and belonging by focussing on the experiences of a relatively invisible group: Canadian migrants to the United States.

Since Canada and the United States have enjoyed close political ties for centuries, many Americans simply assume Canadians “are just like us”. In contrast, Canadian migrants rarely identify simply as “American”. They choose hyphenated labels like Canadian-American, or describe themselves as Canadian. Using historical data, opinion polls, and interview data, this book examines why Americans think Canadians are no different from themselves, why Canadian migrants see themselves as distinctive, and how they build and sustain their Canadian identities.

The authors argue that ethnic identities are more easily sustained in the contemporary globalised world. They find individuals and groups can participate in politics of home country constantly, keep in touch with family and friends in other countries instantly, and they can shop for and consume culturally identified products to sustain their sense of being in touch with their cultures. The experiences of Canadian migrants also highlight the need to recognise hierarchies of whiteness among white migrants in order to fully understand ethnic identities in the contemporary world.

Dr Susan Lucas is a human geographer with research and teaching interests in urban social geography. Her current research interests are the older population, retirement communities and Canadian urban places. Susan is currently faculty & curriculum coordinator for the Bison Group in Philadelphia, USA.

Dr Bandana Purkayastha is the Professor & Head, Department of Sociology and Professor, Department of Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, USA. Her current research and publications focus on the intersection of racial ethnicity, gender, highly educated migrants, transnationalism and human rights. She currently serves as the President of Sociologists for Women in Society.

Miho Iwata is a Ph D candidate in sociology at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her interests are on race, gender, political sociology and human rights. She is also a co-author of the title: As the Leaves Turn Gold: Asian Americans and Aging.

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