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06:37 PM on 12/19/2012
As an immigrant myself I understand his plight all too well, when I came to Canada 6 years ago with over 11 yrs of post secondary education at 22 yrs old... none of which was recognized by the Canadian government. coming from the LARGEST English speaking nation outside of the western world, i still had to give not 1 but 2 different exams to prove my eligibility as a student that paid twice as much tuition as a conventional Canadian student all of which was out of my own pockets. After school most employers are still hesitant to even call us "immigrant" workers even thou we posses much more knowledge and education than most Canadian students. Today I am fortunate enough to have a decent job, but it has come at the cost of sacrifices most people would never have to do in their life time. I have jumped through countless hoops and practically exploited by many employers / temp agencies in order to keep my job and somehow managed to get a permanent residency in Canada. I love this nation with all my heart but the worst thing about it is the fake sense of comfort that is provided to international student before they come here, the fake promises by universities The "idea" of Canada is great but the "reality" of Canada is far from it. I hope someone does something about this.. we immigrants don't have much of a voice and are in need to dire help.
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12:15 AM on 12/20/2012
You are seriously complaining about Canada and you are so educated, even though you aren't able to spell correctly. Come on give yourself a pat on the back and be happy. Someone else will kiss you.
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06:35 PM on 12/19/2012
So what? Yin can join the club.....
05:50 PM on 12/19/2012
It's the same thing for many Uni grads born here anyways. And in the us. I welcome Kenneys new plan. I know a nice Chinese girl probably not Uni educated but tries to improve her English and tries hard everyday managing and working in her hubby's sushi place. It's not dusty like this guys store and it makes good money. She doesnt stare at her feet She looks customers in the eye with confidence and Pride and manners. The restaurant makes money despite the sushi being soso. Nobody's entitled to any job even If they finished ubc like i did, sfu, or some good or not so good chinese, canadian or american Uni. Whoever wrote this is awful. If he hates t here it would have been cheaper to buy tix home and not open the store he's so miserable about
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05:36 PM on 12/19/2012
Lets do it Canadian way: WE are so sorry, sorry, you must be suffering a lot, sorry.
I am not sorry, I emigrated and so did many others, and I am Canadian.
05:15 PM on 12/19/2012
He is an engineer now selling Porno? Sounds to me i would gather up the family and take the first plane back to China and get a respectable job.
05:42 PM on 12/19/2012
He should clean his store and reevaluate his inventory before sitting around. He's extremely lucky to be a business owner. Maybe he should ask his wife for some ideas. He could be making more than his prefoessional ex colleagues being a business owner. I wish I could have a store like he does. And what a difference from the Chinese that came in the 80s. Get to work or go back even most western ppl aren't this pathetic
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JackHoffman
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05:14 PM on 12/19/2012
A significant portion of white Canadians can't speak or write English.
05:51 PM on 12/19/2012
Sure. Define significant portion
08:08 PM on 12/19/2012
Define "white".
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JackHoffman
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12:38 AM on 12/20/2012
Not a color.
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Shahanshah
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05:03 PM on 12/19/2012
...am I supposed to care?

they immigrated willingly, things didn't turn out as they planned, lots of immigrants end up doing very well, some other's don't.

their successes and failures have nothing to do with me or the Canadian government.

My priority is Canadian workers that are unemployed and underemployed, not middle class businessmen from China that aren't happy with what they are earning here.
08:56 PM on 02/13/2014
Yes people like me!
03:43 PM on 12/19/2012
Great story, it had some important points that really needed to be said. I especially appreciate it being posted on a news forum as mainstream as the Huffington. I would also like to apologize for some of the comments which will inevitably be posted: having such a dismissive attitude merely allows them to ignore any existing problems. I mean, if they don't acknowledge it, then by extension, they don't have to do anything about it and can just go about living in their own ignorant little worlds uncaring about people around them. Canada is the country that I was born in, and I love my home, but that in no way blinds me to the fact that there are problems we need to address. Continently hearkening back to "how much harder the olden days were" or demanding that any critics "move away" is akin to plugging your fingers in your ears and rocking back and forth in the corner.
04:50 PM on 12/19/2012
Oops, not quite sure why this posted twice. Once was through my Facebook-attached account, sorry about that folks.
03:38 PM on 12/19/2012
Great story, it had some important points that really needed to be said. I especially appreciate it being posted on a news forum as mainstream as the Huffington. I would also like to apologize for some of the comments which will inevitably be posted: having such a dismissive attitude merely allows them to ignore any existing problems. I mean, if they don't acknowledge it, then by extension, they don't have to do anything about it and can just go about living in their own ignorant little worlds uncaring about people around them. Canada is the country that I was born in, and I love my home, but that in no way blinds me to the fact that there are problems we need to address. Continently hearkening back to "how much harder the olden days were" or demanding that any critics "move away" is akin to plugging your fingers in your ears and rocking back and forth in the corner.
03:12 PM on 12/19/2012
How many new immigrants speak excellent, good, basic or poor english, don't know, but all go through point system, AND, what many people don't know, they got to prove how much money they will bring with them to Canada. Now what puts more weight in your immigration points - money, language, education, experience, age...I bet the deciding officer goes for money!!!
After landing and facing reality of "no jobs here,'" one's with some resources open up own business, others find those now famous - taxi cab driver, pizza delivery jobs etc.
But don't misjudge - there are a LOT of very highly qualified people, who can hit the ground running in their professions and with good english.
Recently an article that many of these "highly skilled professionals" have started leaving Canada, so govt. is now starting to concentrate on letting in more "skilled trades people" as there is also a shortage of them too in Canada. There we go again!!!
My neighbor, who was born in South Asia, but grew up as a kid in Western Europe, is highly educated, lots of experience, speaks excellent english, won "European Art Directors Bronze" medal, excellent guy, fully integrated in Canadian society, but has a "funny name". After struggling to find a job in his profession in Canada, he got a job in the US, relocation paid.
Canadian universities and colleges churn out thousands of graduates every year who then work in jobs completely unrelated to their education. Such a waste of "human
03:26 PM on 12/19/2012
wanted to write "such a waste of "human capital".
05:13 PM on 12/19/2012
this is not new news. it s been like that for decades.the real money was in the u.s, who knows about the future which i presume will be again in the u.s. taxes too high, salaries too low to avoid going to the u.s. with a u. degree.
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02:29 PM on 12/19/2012
Many Canadians, a specially Maritimers move for the jobs, all over Canada.
My emigrant family, university educated- back to school, our degree was not recognized in Canada. Worked all over Canada, and we did it. Made us stronger, problem now is, our kids
University educated, have a hard time to get a job.....?
01:50 PM on 12/19/2012
I am trying to immigrate to Canada as we speak. Educated here, work here. I agree with everything written. It is not the responsibility of government to integrate immigrants into Canada; it is our own responsibility. We are not entitled to anything this country offers; it's a privilege.
My company had been interviewing people for several skilled positions. Many from China applied. We selected a few for the interview, and each time, the problem was the same: English skills. There is a disproportionate amount of people from China/Japan/Korea that simply cannot speak fluently. Typically, that stops being a problem after you've been in the country for a while. However, all the people we interviewed had been in Canada since high school. It was disturbing. They had great skills, but they were no use to us as they couldn't communicate to clients.

Further, you'd be hard pressed to find people who are trying to immigrate have any sympathies for people with little knowledge or respect for Canada and its culture. People like me get stuck in long queues behind people who are simply not capable of supporting Canada. and, unless you've been through the stress of immigration, or are going through it, you won't appreciate how difficult it is to see people much less qualified than you crowding the lines.
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Warren Yuill
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04:07 PM on 12/19/2012
They have been here since high school and they can't speak english?
Let me guess...
Richmond BC?
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07:53 PM on 12/19/2012
Brampton, Ontario.
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Shahanshah
Liberalism is destroying western civilization
08:43 PM on 12/19/2012
Bramladesh (formerly called Brampton)

My dad (of immigrant origin) just drives right through there because he's tired of not being able to communicate with store owners.
01:15 PM on 12/19/2012
I'd rather a higher proportion of skilled immigration than the 'investor class'...educated people with a work ethic and a hunger to be part of an adoptive community.
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