Accordingly, Canadians are taught that no one is intrinsically superior to another from a young age, and this idea of equality penetrates much of the Canadian outlook on social rank and Canada’s role in the world (Gannon and Pillai 2016). Individuals with talents who immigrate for economic reasons, people with family already in Canada, and refugees from around the globe who Canada has generally accepted because of a relatively liberal stance on political asylum are the three primary sources of legal immigrants in Canada. These immigrants contribute to the well-known Canadian mosaic (Gannon and Pillai 2016).
The concept of a cultural mosaic implies multiculturalism distinct from other ideas such as the melting pot, which is frequently used to describe the absorption of nations such as the United States (Nor, Abdullah and Ali 2016). Singapore is a city that exemplifies the beauty of diversity, with its ethnically varied population, the melting pot of ethnic cultures, and different religious traditions. Malays, Indians, Chinese, and many more ethnic groups coexist peacefully in one of the world’s most diversified places (Nor, Abdullah and Ali 2016). Having an open house during festivals, when all Malaysians are welcome, is a popular tradition among all ethnic groups (Nor, Abdullah and Ali 2016). Anyone can drop by without booking an appointment and be confident that they will be warmly greeted. In many cases, the festival supper transforms into a multiethnic gathering of friends, colleagues, and business associates from all three ethnic groups.
Additionally, despite Canadians and Americans working closely together in many areas, Canadians loathe being mistaken for their southern counterparts (Gannon and Pillai 2016). Many are dissatisfied that American fast-food franchises, books, and films are far more popular than Canadian counterparts. The Canadian government contemplates laws restricting the sale of American books, periodicals, music, and pictures regularly (Gannon and Pillai 2016). The two key differences between the Constitutions of the U. S. A. and Canada; The fact that the United States has no official languages, but Canada has two French and English, is one of the most significant differences. Canada is a constitutional monarchy, and the U.S.A has considered a federal constitutional republic is the other significant distinction between constitutions (Goundar, Macaulay and Szafron 2021).
The Canadian mosaic represents Canada’s attitude about diversity. Instead of all mixing together like in America’s melting pot, Canada’s mosaic keeps cultures their own. Canada is diverse and different, but still unified. This is different from the multi-ethnic cultures of Malaysia who acknowledge and accept their different identities but accept that they are Malaysian above all else.
Canadians as non-Americans means that Canadian’s identities are found completely outside of America and its culture. Similarly, it does not mean Canadian’s identities are solely anti-American. Moreover, it is shown that those “who gave more importance to their community’s culture and customs had a strong sense of belonging in Canada, leading to social cohesion” (Wiseman 2011).
The key differences I noticed between Canada and America’s constitutions were the focus of freedom. America’s focus on freedom was for the “self.” Focusing on someone’s “life, liberty, and property.” Whereas Canada’s constitution focuses on everyone’s “peace, order, and good government” (Gannon and Rajnandini 2016). Interestingly, media stereotypes reflect this as well. One study reviewing Canadian literature revealed “Canadian literary heroes were possessed by what she called “a will to lose.” Indeed, she then proceeded to identify four identifiable ‘victim positions’” for Canadian heroes (Matthews 2017). However, American protagonist are always very unabashed, bold, fearless to defend what is right (think of Atticus Finch, Super-Man, Indiana Jones).
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