Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal

A scholarly journal covering ethnic studies in Canada.

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 2, Summer

A Community Comes to a Crossroad. Vancouver's Society of Italians
A Community Comes to a Crossroad. Vancouver's Society of Italians, Volume III. Raymond Culos. Montreal: Cusmano, 2006. 204 pp. $39.95 hc. rayculos@shaw.ca. or 604.298.4683 to order. When the handsome building housing the Italian Cultural Centre...
A Comparison of the Earnings of the Canadian Native-Born and Immigrants, 2001
ABSTRACT/RESUME Since the late 1960s, Canada has been reforming its earlier discriminatory immigration policies preventing entry of individuals from "undesirable" countries and/or nationalities. This resulted in a dramatic increase in the number...
A Concise History of Canada's First Nations
A Concise History of Canada's First Nations. Olive Patricia Dickason, adapted by Morira Jean Calder. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2006. 387 pp. incl. list of National Historic Sites of Canada Commemorating Aboriginal History, glossary, web sites,...
A Response to Hier and Walby's Article: Competing Analytical Paradigms in the Sociological Study of Racism in Canada
Hier and Walby's 2006 article "Competing Analytical Paradigms," published in the last issue of this journal (vol. 38, no. 1), presents a provocative analysis in which two different paradigms used in the study of racism in Canada are identified. I feel...
Associations De Groupes Ethniques Minoritaires et Consultations Publiques Au Quebec, 1974-2000: La Difficile Construction D'une 'Parole Minoritaire'[c]
RESUME/ABSTRACT This article examines the process of the institutionalization of ethnic relations according to the development of, and the increase in, the modern state in Quebec. Ethnic minority groups' discourses are analyzed as these groups enter...
Calculated Kindness: Global Restructuring, Immigration and Settlement in Canada
Calculated Kindness: Global Restructuring, Immigration and Settlement in Canada. Rose Baaba Folson, ed. Halifax: Fernwood, 2004. 172 pp. $17.95 US sc. Providing insight into both the historical formation of Canada's immigration policies and snapshots...
Can You Hear the Nightbird Call?
Can You Hear the Nightbird Call? Anita Rau Badami. Toronto: Knopf, 2006.412 pp. $34.95 ho. The tragedy of Air India Flight 182 remains the worst act of terrorism in Canadian history. Over twenty years after the bombing, the questions left unanswered...
Casualties
Casualties. Terrence Heath. Regina: Coteau, 2005. 328 pp. $19.95 sc. A detective story that thoughtfully revisits 1930s prairie history, Terrence Heath's Casualties is a narrative rife with romance, hardship, and tragedy. With eight previous publications...
Children of the Day
Children of the Day. Sandra Birdsell. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2005.405 pp. $35.95 hc. Sandra Birdsell, the Giller and Governor-General's Award nominated author, displays another range of narrative dexterity in her latest novel Children of...
Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New World
Chinese Islanders: Making a Home in the New World. Hung-Min Chiang. Charlottetown: Island Studies Press, 2006. 187 pp. $24.95 sc. When considering the state of Prince Edward Island's historiography, the topic of its Chinese population rarely, if...
Claiming Space, Racialization in Canadian Cities
Claiming Space, Racialization in Canadian Cities. Cheryl Teelucksingh, ed. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. 210 pp. $32.95 sc. This interdisciplinary collection questions the assumption of racial harmony in Canada and within...
Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada's Colonial Past
Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada's Colonial Past. Katie Pickles and Myra Rutherdale. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005. 308 pp. $85 hc. Contact Zones: Aboriginal and Settler Women in Canada's Colonial Past is a collection of articles...
'Da Kink in My Hair: Voices of Black Womyn
'da Kink in my hair: voices of black womyn. trey anthony. Toronto: Playwrights Canada, 2005.60 pp. $15.95 sc. In an early moment in 'da Kink in my hair, Enid, expressing her desire for love-or at least a man to share her sweet potato pie with--asks,...
Differences That Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada
Differences that Matter: Social Policy and the Working Poor in the United States and Canada. Dan Zuberi. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006. During most of the 1980s and 1990s, the future of social assistance-better known as welfare-dominated...
Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Gender, Race, and Violence
Discourses of Denial: Mediations of Gender, Race, and Violence. Yasmin Jiwani Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. 255 pp. $85.00 hc. Deftly combining post-colonial theory, poignant prose, and passionate activism, Jiwani tackles issues of multiculturalism,...
Editor's Note
As readers of Canadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes ethniques au Canada learned in the last issue, I have the honour of becoming the latest editor of the journal. Perhaps phrases like "being honoured" and having "big shoes to fill" have become almost cliches,...
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout
Ernestine Shuswap Gets Her Trout. Tomson Highway. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2005.93 pp. $15.95 sc. Tomson Highway's return to writing for the stage after the success of his 1998 novel Kiss of the Fur Queen might initially seem a reluctant one. His...
False Expectations: Politics and the Pursuit of the Saskatchewan Myth
False Expectations: Politics and the Pursuit of the Saskatchewan Myth. Dale Eisler. Regina: CPRC Press, 2006. $24.95 sc. 251 pp. False Expectations centers around an idea of the Saskatchewan myth: that Saskatchewan is a bountiful land where success...
Folk Furniture of Canada's Doukhobors, Hutterites, Mennonites and Ukrainians
Folk Furniture of Canada's Doukhobors, Hutterites, Mennonites and Ukrainians. John Fleming and Michael Rowan. Edmonton: University of Alberta Press, 2004, 155 pp., including notes, bibliography, and index; $60.00 hc. The publisher appears to have...
From the Study of Canada to Canadian Studies. to Know Our Many Selves. Changing across Time and Space
From the Study of Canada to Canadian Studies. To Know Our Many Selves. Changing Across Time and Space. Dirk Hoerder. Augsburg: Wissner-Verlag, 2005. 21.19 EUR. 347 pp. SC. J'ai ete agreablement impressionne par la qualite et le serieux de ce livre...
In Defence of Multinational Citizenship
In Defence of Multinational Citizenship. Siobhan Harty and Michael Murphy. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005. 206 pp. $32.95 sc. Will Kymlicka's work on multicultural citizenship and minority cultural rights (1995) has inaugurated a field for political...
In Remembrance of Helen Ralston (1929-2006)
Sister Helen Ralston, RSCJ, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Sociology at Saint Mary's University, and one of the grandes dames of Canadian Sociology, passed away on 25 December 2006, following a brief illness. She was born in Newcastle, New South Wales,...
Let My Picture Wander with Your Hat: A Bitter Tale of Settlement
INTRODUCTION Upon the shocking death of my beloved brother and in the months following the loss, my family and I confronted extra dimensions involved in coping with death in a host country. Consumed by the grief and captured in the web of bureaucratic...
Obscurantism in Action: How the Ontario Human Rights Commission Frames Racial Profiling
ABSTRACT/RESUME The phenomenon of racial profiling in Ontario has long been acknowledged by members of racialized communities, progressive activists, and others--but official acknowledgment was always withheld. This changed in late 2003 when the...
Poetics of Exile and Dislocation in Saad Elkhadem's Wings of Lead (1971), the Plague (1989), and Trilogy of the Flying Egyptian (1990-1992)
He traveled abroad to quench his thirst for freedom, knowledge, and love, but his heavy wings could lift him no higher than a few feet before he fell down, shattering his dreams. (Saad Elkhadem; epigraph of Wings of Lead 1971) ABSTRACT/RESUME ...
Prisoners of the Home Front: German POWs and "Enemy Aliens" in Southern Quebec, 1940-46
Prisoners of the home front: German POWs and "enemy aliens" in southern Quebec, 1940-46. Martin F. Auger. Vancouver: UBC Press with the University of British Columbia and the Canadian War Museum, 2005. $29.00 sc. xii + 227 pp. Cet ouvrage d'histoire...
Racial Profiling in Canada: Challenging the Myth of "A Few Bad Apples."
Racial Profiling in Canada: Challenging the Myth of "a Few Bad Apples." Carol Tator and Frances Henry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. 251 pp. $75.00 hc; $35.00 sc. Tator and Henry's book was apparently prompted by a series of articles...
Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English Settler Colonialism
Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous Resistance to English Settler Colonialism. Peter H. Russell. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005. 470 pp. $65.00 hc. In Recognizing Aboriginal Title: The Mabo Case and Indigenous...
Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing
Revival: An Anthology of Black Canadian Writing, ed. Donna Bailey Nurse. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2006. 384 pp. $29.99 sc. The back cover of the newest anthology of black Canadian writing claims quite honestly to "celebrate one of our...
The Canadian Jewish Studies Reader
The Canadian Jewish Studies Reader. Richard Menkis and Norman Ravvin, eds. Calgary: Red Deer Press, 2004. 493 pp. sc $24.95 CAD; $18.95 US. Published as the third book in a series dedicated to Canadian Jewish studies, this volume is a rich, if somewhat...
The Encyclopedia of Ukraine Project: A Personal Memoir (1976-1986) *
ABSTRACT/RESUME This paper summarizes the author's involvement, as director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta, in the preparation of the first two volumes of the five-volume Encyclopedia of Ukraine,...
The Market Value of Friendship: Social Networks of Immigrants
ABSTRACT/RESUME Recent research has pointed to the significance of social capital in the dynamics of international migration, from initiating the process of migration to the settlement and success of immigrants in host countries. Particularly, it...
Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada
Transnational Identities and Practices in Canada. Vic Satzewich and Lloyd Wong, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. 352 pp. $85.00 hc; $34.95 SC. Fuelled by globalization and by technological advancements allowing for easier communication and transportation,...
Understanding Immigrants' Initiatives in the New Economy: The Case of Western Canada
ABSTRACT/RESUME In the trans-Pacific region, new immigrants as professionals and entrepreneurs can be understood as pursuing innovative initiatives. They are aided by a specific employment and immigration market that emerged with the growth of international...
Vietnamese-Canadian University Students in Regina: Socio-Cultural and Educational Adaptation
ABSTRACT/RESUME A questionnaire survey of the socio-cultural and educational adaptation experiences of Vietnamese-Canadian university students was conducted in a Canadian prairie city. Students' language use, acculturation, academic performance,...
Where Is Here? the Drama of Immigration
Where is Here? The Drama of Immigration. Vol. I. Damiano Pietropaolo, ed. Winnipeg: Scirocco, 2005. 256 pp. $19.95 sc. Where is Here? The Drama of Immigration. Vol. II. Damiano Pietropaolo, ed. Winnipeg: Scirocco, 2005. 160 pp. $19.95 sc. Although...
With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada
With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in Colonial Canada. Celia Haig-Brown and David Nock, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2006. 376 pp. $32.95 sc. The editors of With Good Intentions: Euro-Canadian and Aboriginal Relations in...
Writing beyond History: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry
Writing Beyond History: An Anthology of Prose and Poetry. Licia Canton, Delia De Santis, and Venera Fazio, eds. Montreal: Cusmano Communications, 2006. 178 pp. $20.00 sc. This anthology of thirty authors of Italian heritage edited by Licia Canton,...