Racialization, Cultralization and the Role They Play in Canada

Topics: Race and Ethnicity, White American, White people Pages: 4 (1574 words) Published: February 22, 2011
In a speech to the House of Commons in 1995 Bill Clinton once said “In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity, and mutual respect.”(President Bill Clinton House of Commons Address). In Canada today, Racialization and Culturalization play an important role in how one views and acts towards minorities. By using Yasmin Jiwani Race(ing) The Nation: Media and Minorities and the Maclean’s article Too Asian by Stephanie Findlay and Nicholas Köhler one will be able to show how racialization and culturalization contribute to problems with working in conjunction with minorities. Racialization, Jiwani believes is the defining of persons through race, in the context of the article the Asian students are seen as threats and deter Caucasian students from enrolling in the University of Toronto solely on the defining stereotype that is placed upon this community, “Too Asian” is not about racism, say students like Alexandra: many white students simply believe that competing with Asians—both Asian Canadians and international students—requires a sacrifice of time”(Findlay, Kohler Too Asian) . The Caucasian students see all Asians as too hard to compete with and therefore it is not worth it in the long run to compete. Asians are grouped together as smarter, more driven and “buzz kills” This notion of Asians through the eyes of Caucasians is a major factor in creating a wedge in the educational and social aspect of the University life because Caucasian don’t feel they can compete which thus causes a type of resentment and a notion of Asians, as being superior and better than other races.

The stereotypes that the Caucasian community place on the Asian community can be converted over to the stereotypes that the Asian community have on Canadian Caucasian students. Asian students gravitate towards other students of...
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