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Chinese Struggling for a better life in Canada

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After fulfilling the obligations of my teaching for the current school year, I thought that I should seize the opportunity to pay a visit to Montreal, Quebec, my hometown. My main objective was relaxing in order to rejuvenate in preparation for handling the challenges of my retirement that lie ahead.

I never thought or imagined that my trip would turn into a learning experience. Through my stay in Montreal, I had the opportunity to encounter numerous Chinese who are struggling to pave their routes to success and subsequently leading a better life in Canada.

My good fortune led me to stay at a hotel called Casa Bella that is run by Chinese. The hotel is located on the corner of Sherbrooke and Parc Avenue in the downtown area. It is a safe haven for Chinese tourists who ache for a friendly Chinese atmosphere. The members of the staff speak English, French and Chinese.

My learning journey paved my way to encounter a variety of Chinese individuals who came to Canada chasing after an elusive dream of a better life.

Some travelled thousands of miles while leaving behind family and friends for the sake of the acquisition of knowledge. They wished to advance their studies at several universities in Montreal including both English and French.

They transcended to the barrier of languages to blend in with their Canadian counterparts.

Speaking with few of them about the obstacles that they had to face upon their arrival to Canada, they mentioned the difficulty to communicate in both the official languages of Canada as the major hurdle that they had to surpass.

For certain, I was impressed by their facility to express their ideas while switching from English to French and vice-versa.

Almost all of those with whom I talked said that often they feel homesick. They miss their families and friends. Despite the fact that Montreal has numerous Chinese dinning establishment, they long for a home-cooked meal prepared by their beloved mothers.

I had the chance to meet tourists who were trying to fulfill their childhood dreams of experiencing the life in a developing country.

Asking them if Montreal visit fulfilled their previous expectations, they were hesitant to reply affirmatively. They indicated that actuality never measures to fantasies. However, they had no apprehensive to state that they were glad to have the opportunity to visit Montreal. They had no regrets about taking the trip.

Not all Chinese whom I encountered were happy. I met a young lady who came to meet a gentleman with whom she made acquaintances with him through the internet to face horrible disappointment of never seeing him after he promised to marry her in Montreal.

I was served by another Chinese who could not handle the challenges of studying in an English environment to end up working in the restaurant service sector with minimum wage.

Exploring different parts of the world, without any doubt, is an enriching experience. However, one should be realistic when it comes to leaving one’s hometown to establish a new life in a foreign country.

One should take to the time to examine the merits and the shortcomings of the venture before deciding to alter the course of his or her life chasing after an elusive dream of achieving success or leading a better life.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


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Reply Report seneca 2016-8-13 17:38
Why do Chinese always expect to get a better life after uprooting themselves? Why do they think other peopleset up a more developed society for foreigners to just come and blend in as they please? Immigration is about contributing, not just about profitting.
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-8-13 22:02
seneca: Why do Chinese always expect to get a better life after uprooting themselves? Why do they think other peopleset up a more developed society for foreig ...
in Canada, Chinese immigrants will be accepted as citizens with full rights and responsibilities as every other Canadian and naturalised Canadian.

In China very few non-Chinese will be accepted as Chinese citizens, expect of they have deep bank accounts, and none will ever be accepted as Chinese.
Reply Report parcher 2016-8-14 17:21
What about the number of Chinese OAP's in Canada who are now being looked after by the tax payer, after being dumped their by their children who want nothing more to do with them? should they not be deported back to China
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-8-14 17:29
parcher: What about the number of Chinese OAP's in Canada who are now being looked after by the tax payer, after being dumped their by their children who want  ...
this poster doesn't respond to any comments, and also posts the same blogs on other forums frequented by non-Chinese in China.
Reply Report parcher 2016-8-14 22:09
BlondeAmber: this poster doesn't respond to any comments, and also posts the same blogs on other forums frequented by non-Chinese in China.
wouldn't surprise me. there are star bloggers on here who don't even take the time to respond to comments, unless they agree with them.
Reply Report voice_cd 2016-8-15 16:15
thanks for sharing here, we have highlighted it.
Reply Report cmknight 2016-8-20 23:40
Chinese actually have less of a hard time integrating into Canadian society than in other countries. Quebec IS a notable exception, however.One of the stipulations is that you MUST learn how to speak Quebecois French within 2 years of moving to that province. Avery daunting task for anybody. The rest of Canada is much easier to get accustomed to, and fit in. This blogger has no idea what he is talking about when he paints all of Canada with the same brush as Quebec.
Reply Report SharkMinnow 2016-8-22 13:11
I am from London, Ontario and after having lived in China from 2002-2008 my wife and I moved back to Canada from China. We lived in London, Ontario from 2008 to 2011...after about two and a half years in Canada we were at our wits end.  I had finished my Masters degree, was working in a factory for minimum wage through a job placement agency and my wife in a department store. We found out that she was pregnant in March of 2011 and by August we were on a plane back to Beijing.  Couldn't take anymore of our life in Canada and am happy we moved back to China.  Unfortunately the Canadian immigration industry likes to convince people to move to Canada portraying it as all sunshine and rainbows when it's basically just an industry of immigration that depends on foreign money and investment in Canada. We have a much better life in China now and both have good jobs and are raising our two sons here in Beijing!
Reply Report Karani 2016-8-23 10:02
BlondeAmber: in Canada, Chinese immigrants will be accepted as citizens with full rights and responsibilities as every other Canadian and naturalised Canadian.

In ...
Very true.
Reply Report Bandito 2016-9-16 19:00
SharkMinnow: I am from London, Ontario and after having lived in China from 2002-2008 my wife and I moved back to Canada from China. We lived in London, Ontario fr ...
You did not cite your level of education......
Reply Report Bandito 2016-9-16 19:01
BlondeAmber: in Canada, Chinese immigrants will be accepted as citizens with full rights and responsibilities as every other Canadian and naturalised Canadian.

In ...
So until what China is doing to others is done unto it, why change? I'd say.....My government has decided to stop awarding full rights to Chinese due to the fact that Chinese state is not allowing it for immigrants. Fun and games thereafter.

You can now elect me as Canadian PM.
Reply Report Palladin 2016-9-25 16:36
Canada creeping into Third World Country territory----makes nothing, oil is kaput and now the stockmen are shutting shop.

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