Comparison of Two Immigrant Groups in Canada: South Korean and Vietnamese Communities and Integration into Canadian Society
This is a 5 page paper comparing the immigrant communities of South Koreans and Vietnamese within Canada. The communities of South Korean and Vietnamese immigrants are vastly different in their history, culture and reasons for coming to Canada but have nevertheless experienced some of the same influences within Western society and aspects of assimilation and integration. Since a relationship was established with South Korea in the early 1960s, South Korean immigrants have been moving to Canada and live mainly in the urban areas of Toronto and Vancouver. Several Consulate Generals for the Republic of Korea (South Korea) have been established throughout Canada providing representation and aid to South Koreans within Canada. The South Korean community in Toronto has greatly influenced the culture in that city although the youth within the population have expressed a desire to fully assimilate as Westerners. Similarly, the large Vietnamese communities in the urban cities in Canada have a good official representation with over 15 member communities with a Vietnamese Canadian Federation. This federation hopes that the Vietnamese youths balance their cultural origins within their new Canadian lifestyles and while the census has recorded trends of assimilation despite this hope, stories of Vietnamese Canadians provide accounts of how many of them have incorporated their Vietnamese culture into their Western lives.
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