ERIC Number: ED166335
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-26
Reference Count: 0
Canadian Perspectives on East Indian Immigrants.
Naidoo, Josephine C.
In this paper, various studies and surveys on the status of East Indians in Canada and attitudes towards them are summarized. The history of the East Indian immigration into Canada is sketched. A 1976 survey of attitudes of Canadians toward multiculturalism (Berry, Kalin, and Taylor, 1976) is outlined. A study of the intercultural perceptions of East Indian women based on responses of male and female East Indians and Canadians is described, including the following results: (1) women have a duality in the nature of their life orientation (tradition vs. contemporary); (2) women have a differential approach in their selection of which aspects of Canadian culture to emulate; (3) the strong traditional dimension of their self-concept plays an important role in determining adjustment and acculturation within the host country. Multiculturalism in Canada is discussed from the perspective of socio-psychological theory. Racism in Canada is examined in terms of the Federal "Green Paper" on Immigration (1975), the Berry Study on Multiculturalism (1977), the Pitman Report (1977), and the Frances Henry Study of Racism in Toronto (1978). It is suggested that pluralism in Canada be promoted by studying the dynamics of inter-ethnic relationships, creating multicultural government programs, giving East Indians more media recognition, and working to eliminate ethnocentric attitudes. (Author/WI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Anniversary Conference of the Canadian Society for Asian Studies (10th, University of Guelph, May 23-26, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to reproduction quality of the original document