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Immigrants and culture change

CULTURE CHANGE – SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR IMMIGRANTS

Immigrants come to Canada from many countries around the world. They leave behind lives they have known and start new lives. For a majority of immigrants, coming to Canada means adapting to a new way of life.

Culture: There are cultural differences between societies and countries. It is often difficult to change anything that one has learnt and known over time. Changing culture is no different. In fact the phrase “culture shock” is often used to refer to the impact of culture change on immigrants. So how does one adapt to the new culture? Here are some suggestions:

  1.  Observe: Pay attention to what goes on within your immediate community and across the country. Most of Canada experiences four weather seasons and there is plenty to learn by observing what activities go on in each season.
  2.  Use a television: Almost all homes in Canada have televisions. Buy a television and a cd/video player and use them as a learning tools. You will learn a lot by watching some public broadcast television shows.
  3. Library: Visit a local library and become a member. Membership is free and you can learn a lot at the library. You can also borrow some material to use at home.
  4. Community events: Many communities have events that are open to the public and are often free. Make an effort to attend these events in order to learn what takes place in the country.
  5. Participate: You are now in a country that provides everyone some fundamental freedoms.
    • (a) freedom of conscience and religion;
    • (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
    • (c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
    • (d) freedom of association.

    Whereas moving to a new country and immediately adapting to a new culture is challenging, it is not impossible. You can get the shock out  and adapt to the culture. Enjoy your new home.