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Global Development Studies
DEVS 100
Richard Day

Devs Week 14 Immigration and Multiculturalism 1/15/2013 6:36:00 AM The Great White North (as interpreted by Glen Gould)  Video on the powerpoint Robertson: Being Canadian (1)  He deploys an interpretive paradigm Robertson: Being Canadian Means…  Being Canadian is being not American  We insisted on retaining rights for what we now call the First Nations  There has always been more division and ambiguity about “shared” history and less exuberance to our nationalism  “Canada is the only substantial country in the world with no cultural, linguistic or tribal homogeneity…”  Canadian identity that has flourished under the shade-tree of benign colonialism  Colonialism was not always consenting or benign o We‟ve been colonizers but not as bad as the States  Welcomes waves of newcomers o English people show up, and everyone that was there before or shows up after are considered newcomers  Patience and tolerance  North and our sense of nature  The struggle with climate, geography and our northern destiny now has a new resonance with the promise of oil, gas and diamonds; the threat of global warming  Reconciliation with our First Nations aside, probably the greatest st challenge for Canada in the 21 century will be the continuing successful selection and integration of new Canadians  Canadian national characteristic: our deeply non-antagonistic political culture Summary: Things are pretty good, and pretty much always have been. We are nice, we like other people, and other people like us. Even if we – and they – don‟t know who or what we are! Multiculturalism Unveiled 1/15/2013 6:36:00 AM Reflecting on the Film  One is not born into minority, one is made into minority  People mistake multiculturalism for multi-ethnicism Diversity of races  Is that multiculturalism?  If that were the case then India would be very multicultural due to the number of languages spoken, etc. Immigration  People come here as skilled workers, not to put their own ethnic spin on things such as architecture Place of Birth  Uncultural origins  Canadian multiculturalism was born as a response to a political crisis Mechanism of control  Governmentality Maintaining Status quo  The way the country is set up in such a racial hierarchical manner Fantasy  Multicultural Day o Provides the illusion that we are multicultural Racism  Multiculturalism as a cover Canada & US  Canadian Illusion Whose laws?  What does culture mean?  „Culture‟ can be defined as a way of life (anthropologically) Superficiality of “culture”  Reducing culture to song and dance Assimilation  Fixity of culture? British Canada  Whiteness  Reducing culture to just the colour of someone‟s skin Organic Multiculturalism  Enfoldment and Infinity (a book) o Proving how new media old had Islamic origins o Islamic genealogy of new media art Friday January 18 th Lecture 1/15/2013 6:36:00 AM Hygienics: Who are „we‟? Who are „they‟?  Dangerous words Utopia is a network of networks interconnected „Radical‟
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