What am I, Canadian?

Sightseeing in London

A tourist in my native land.

Mike and Toni, who blog together at Pond Parleys, have a pretty cool set-up. He’s an American living in Britain, she’s a Briton living in America, and they regularly engage in he said/she said banter about the cultural differences they encounter in their adopted countries.

They sound like fun people, so I asked if I could write a guest post for them about the joys and tribulations of growing up with immigrant parents. All that begging paid off, because they finally agreed. The post is titled Canadian, eh?

I used to be English, but now I’m Canadian. More or less.

I was barely out of diapers (or is that nappies? Two sentences in, and already I’m losing my linguistic footing), when my parents decided to move to Canada. At the tender age of almost-four, assimilation was easier for me than it was for them. Not that there weren’t bumps along the way.

You can read the rest over at Pond Parleys. (Oh c’mon! It’s just one little click!)

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About Maria

I'm a Canadian repatriate, former expat spouse, mother to two TCKs (and one yellow Lab), mentor to new immigrants, writer, reader, world traveller (grounded for now). I write about expat/repat issues and am still trying to figure out my place in the world.
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3 Responses to What am I, Canadian?

  1. bookjunkie says:

    this sounds interesting….am gonna give it a read 🙂

  2. bookjunkie says:

    Love your fun and witty article. It also made me think about my own situation. How Sri Lanka still feels like the motherland because of my grandmother who like your parents lived in Singapore but always felt home was Sri Lanka. And it’s a country I have never even stepped foot on, but your article made me really think about identity. I guess if you put me next to a Sri Lankan I couldn’t feel more Singaporean. I guess my identity is revealed when I am placed in certain situations. I love Ricky Gervais by the way…but am also torn about which version I like best. I fell in love first with the original though. I am now loving ‘An idiot Abroad’…do you watch it?

    • Maria says:

      I think your connection to Sri Lanka is probably even stronger because of Singapore’s strong Sri Lankan/Indian heritage. I love that about Singapore — how the three main cultures combine into something that’s partly Chinese or Malay or Tamil, but is still distinctly Singaporean.

      I had to Google “An Idiot Abroad,” because I’d never heard of it. Now I know it airs Friday nights here, so I can check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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