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Friday, September 23, 2005
Not So Different by Expat
Yesterday the Canadian Unity Council's Young Leaders' luncheon was held at the University of Western Ontario. Being discussed were the differences between Canada and the US. After many myths were dismissed, the general consensus of the conference was that "Canadians like to think we're different from Americans -- but we're really not that different at all".
In attendance was U.S. Consul General Jessica LeCroy, who said of the similarities, "I look at Canada not as a foreign country, but as a different country. I see everything in nuanced terms."
It's an argument that never ends and is never satisfactorily won. Although I agree we are very similar, you only have to travel or live abroad to understand how very different we are - at least in the eyes of others if not ourselves.
One differences lie in the immeasurable or unquantifiable of emotion and perception. Which is why the argument is endless and can never be won....
You are very insightful in your observations, lala, and absolutely correct. :)
As I read that article yesterday, I could think of many things that make me, as a Canadian, different from Americans. What is interesting is that they are things that I really did not notice until I actually lived here. Like you said, living abroad accentuates those differences.