Chinese stirring the melting pot: Most immigrants from Asia, says census
December 05, 2007, 8:00 AM by Shane Dingman
As an event planner in Hong Kong in the 1980s, Mimi Yeung spoke English for 10 hours every day. Then in 1987, she moved to Toronto. Today, enveloped in Toronto's huge Chinese community, she is frustrated to find that she is losing her English.
"I don't need to speak English!" says Ms. Yeung, who now works part-time as a publicist.
"My accountant, lawyer, driving instructor, doctor, dentist — everybody is Chinese.
"My English has gotten worse. I have no way of getting interaction with the mainstream."
Ironic isn't it? In Hong Kong this woman spoke English with greater frequency then she does now living in Toronto, a city in an English speaking country.
"Every time I take the subway or the streetcar, I always wonder, 'Where have all the real Canadians gone?' " says Ms. Yeung. "I see red people, black people, yellow people — all the ethnicities."
Even though Canadian commentators, journalists, politicians, and others out of touch with the majority of Canadians, go to great lengths to convince themselves and Canadians that a "Canadian is a Canadian" no matter where you were born, when you arrived here, or from where, it seems deep down we all know better than that. And the question this Chinese immigrant mulls in her head as she travels on Toronto's public transit system says a lot.
Were I or any other Canadian to ask the same question she did then I would be dismissed as a racist or a xenophobe but when an immigrant asks that question then it is taken as a matter of fact, clear to the most casual of observers.
Her question is quite telling. For one, it implies that there is a clear distinction between who and who is not a "real" Canadian, that being a Canadian is something more than being a Canadian citizen. And secondly, those "real" Canadians are disappearing, at least they are on Canadian city streets. What she is observing is population replacement. Immigrants are outnumbering and displacing Canadians in their own country at an alarming rate that is best described as colonialism. Because of mass immigration Canadians are being made to feel like strangers in their own country as immigrants transform Canadian public spaces into reflections of their homelands, erasing Canadian history and culture from that space forever. To be blunt, Canadians are losing their country.
What is also telling is that mass immigration undermines attempts to fully integrate immigrants. This woman from Hong Kong can function in this country without having to speak a word of English, or French for that matter, a phenomenon repeated across the land many times over. How can we seriously consider someone a Canadian if they cannot speak English or French (indigenous languages notwithstanding)? This is not nation building. It is colonialism!
Here are some facts provided by the article:
...Statistics Canada shows that close to half of the five-million people in the Toronto census metropolitan area, or 2.3-million people, were born outside of Canada.
The biggest chunk, 1.3-million, come from Asia, including 190,000 from mainland China and another 103,000 from Hong Kong, plus 62,000 from what Statistics Canada calls "other East Asia." About 3% of Canadians now list Chinese as their mother tongue, behind French (22%) and English (58%).