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Women Migrants Final Lecture.docx

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Monica Boyd

Women Migrants : Immigrant Offspring th November 29 , 2012 Monday December 10 2 to 4 (office hours) Participation Marks to be posted on portal Be sure to watch the films missed throughout the course  How being a female shapes the experiences of offspring  What an immigrant offspring is? Gender issues  Who are the immigrant offspring  3 terminologies: - Foreign born(first generation of immigrants) born outside the country of residence - Second generations (Immigrant) people don’t like this term will always remain an immigrant - AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN BORN PARENT (2.5 generation) - Later Generation( grandchildren, great-grandchildren) grandchildren of people who were originally foreign born - This is due to the selection of family history—grandparents are usually unaware of the Foreign Born…perfect information is selective - Women tend to keep the family ties- information is faulty - It is transmitted perfectly - Further refinements by the first, second, and the third and generation (.5) - Making it 5 categories all together - Destinations countries schools, television - Most people who comes as children have an advance start - Osmosis pick up information about the society in which they are living - When in school you learn a lot about civics - These individuals aren’t comparable to 30 years olds - 1.5 generations people who come as kids (between first and second generation) - First generation are those who enter in their late teen years - 1.5 generally younger than 15 - 2.5 have one foreign born parents - Ex. Canadian born parents married to foreign - Defining categories there are many ways to group 5 categories is okay - For a long time there were not good measures - Where are your parents from? In order to divide Canadians into further sub-groups you must ask the birth places of their parents - One quarter of the population is foreign born or 1.5 - One third of all kids is 1.5 or second generation (Canada) - 66% in the city of Toronto - Kids coming to school and they’re not able to grasp certain concepts - Trying to be respectful of peoples cultures----Assimilation/ Multiculturalism  Immigrants come with their children, or as young adults, married/unmarried  Fertility of immigrants tends to be higher  Sense that in addition to looking at the integration of immigrants over time  What’s happening to them? How are they living? What kind of jobs are they doing?  Integration takes time  Its seen as a form of respect- you are a part of Canadian society and it will take time for individuals to settle an form their lives around the Canadian lifestyle  Most people that this cross over may not occur (due to the fall of the economy in the 1990’s)  Some immigrants never catch up, while others struggle in order to do so  Harder in times of recession  Looking at the children and see what they’re doing  Takes more than one generation to settle, it’s an issue of stratification  Looking at the 1.5 and 2.5 generation is to ask do we have a marytory society  Recent waves of migrants are changing in terms of countries of origin  Areas of origin are coming from Asia- Europeans are immigrating as much  Concern 1: Social construction of immigrants and the racialization has been around for a long time  Chinese/Japanese railroad workers  Cartoon from the 1900’s chimp in human clothes with the word Irish (othering)  Irish were seen as a distinct race inferior to the British  Concern 2: How are the offspring’s doing? They are actually doing very well  Some peoples parents have and haven’t done well  Parents telling children “we did this for you”  As a kid growing up your aware of this pressure to do well : Going to school, marrying the right person, not following in the same footsteps as your parents  Final concern: Economy has changed  Growth in manufacturing (early 1900’s) cars, washing machines…  Were now a service economy Symbolic Analysts providing services based on the knowledge e have acquired(most university students want to be this)  Challenges that the Second Generation (racia
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