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maureen blaseckie

I think the Canadian stuff is hokey when it's forced. There is this sense, because of living so close to flag waving patriotism at the drop of a hat, that we are somehow letting down our side because we don't. So now the Maple Leaf is plastered on everything and our Prime Minister tries to slip in a "God Bless Canada" every so often at the end of his speeches. But we're not flag wavers by nature and I, personally, like it that way.

Canadian identity has always contained a strong sense of 'otherness' that comes from the immigrant heritage. Yet it works. It works quite well when we just let it alone. Ukrainian dancers from Canada go back to Ukraine to teach folk dance styles long forgotten under Stalin policy.

Thanks for bringing "Breakaway" to my attention, Katherine. It is another part of Canadian identity, I think, to be curious about the experience of other families assimilating here and what other cultures have to offer.

Maybe Canadians are part seagull?



Ah, Moe, thanks for finding the core of what I was trying to say. This post languished for a long while before I got the push to get it out there, simply because I wasn't sure how to express is perfectly, the whole hokiness of flag-waving and whatnot.

I actually liked the fact that, watching this trailer, I had this strong connection to the story, that even though it's evidently very rooted in the Indian immigrant experience, that they were touching on themes I could relate to.

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