Tuesday, February 4, 1997

Canadian Values???

i have to write an essay about canadian values and compare them to my country values(italy),,,, the problem is that i dont know anything about canadian values because i have been in canada 6 months (so far)....!!! can any body help me in the introduction and stuff..???.

Answer on Canadian Values???

Canadian culture is an umbrella term that encompasses the artistic, musical, literary, culinary, political and social elements that are representative of Canada, not only to its own population, but to people all over the world. Canada's culture has historically been influenced by European culture and traditions, especially British and French. Over time, elements of the cultures of Canada's Aboriginal peoples and immigrant populations have become incorporated into mainstream Canadian culture. Canada's culture has also been strongly influenced by that of the United States. These four influences have combined over centuries to form the modern culture of Canada, that will be discussed in more detail in this article.

Canada's federal government has influenced Canadian culture with programs, laws and institutions. It has created crown corporations to promote Canadian culture through media, such as the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), and promotes many events which it considers to promote Canadian traditions. It has also tried to protect Canadian culture by setting legal minimums on Canadian content in many media using bodies like the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

Canada’s culture, like that of most any country in the world, is a product of its history, geography, and political system. Being a country mainly of immigrants, Canada has been shaped by waves of migration that have combined to form a unique blend of customs, cuisine, and traditions that have marked the socio-cultural development of the nation. In this article, several aspects of Canadian culture will be discussed. Though this article attempts to feature a variety of subjects pertinent to the culture of Canada, it is in no way exhaustive, and to gain a much deeper knowledge of Canada and its culture, one must also consult the other articles pertaining to Canada and its people

We're hosting a malaysian girl! :)?

Hello everybody, my name is Margherita and I'm an italian girl. In december my family nd I will be hosting for 2 months a malaysian girl named Zhao Min coming to italy with an afs school programme.

We don't know much about malaysian culture yet, so could you please tell me anything that you thing would help me? Like what should we do or not do etc. For example italian people are quite warm and for us it's polite to kiss on both cheeks someone we meet for the first time, but it may not be the same for others. I'm not sure I made myself understood, but anyways I'll appreciate any help. Thanks! =)

Answer on We're hosting a malaysian girl! :)?

Ciao Margherita, that is very kind if you.

The answers above mean well but you really don't have t to greet her in Malay at all because she is probably more comfortable just speaking English or practice her newly-learned Italian words. Don't go to the length to avoid kisses and behave differently because it's going to make her feel awkward. Just welcome her as you do with other people and she will feel more accepted.

Hosting someone for 2 months is not easy, let alone someone from a different culture. So it's important to start right and encourage each other to communicate comfortably while maintaining a certain level of respect. Laughter breaks all ice.

I can't generalize but she would probably appreciate speaking a mix of English (comfort language) and Italian (new exciting language).

Malaysians love to eat but we usually have just one main course (rice with various shared dishes in the middle of table) instead of several courses like your primo, secondo and dolci. I imagine she would enjoy your multiple courses but not being pushed to finish every plate.

We live in the tropics in Malaysia with hot weather year round. If she is new to autumn / winter, she will need to know how to operate the heater and dress suitably - not too cold, not to warm.