Jemy to her. The worst process was

Jemy Joseph came from Kerala, a state in South India(WHERE
THEY COME FROM). Before coming to Canada she was a while in Kuwait. By the time she came to Canada, she
was only fourteen years old and now with the age of thirty-one (WHO
THEY ARE). She is now a medical
student at the University of Ottawa (WHAT THEY DO). Their family
immigrated to Canada because they thought that Canada was the “land
of milk and honey”, that everything was just “perfect”, but the reality
was not what they have expected as they had heard about Canada from others (WHY).
She faced many challenges
when she arrived in Canada. It was very difficult for her to adjust a
totally different and new culture. Academically, she started at G9, and she was
able to spoke English, but people had difficulty understanding her because of
her thick accent, just as much as she had difficulty in understanding them. At
the beginning, nothing in the Canadian culture made sense to her. The worst
process was that there was nobody to explain this to her, she had to rely on
herself and adapt to the new culture. For her parents, it was difficult for
them to find jobs on their professional arenas, so they went back to Kuwait, to
work a little bit longer. While she stayed with her aunt in the city, until a couple
of years later, her parents came back to Canada because they could feel better
settled (WHAT CHALLENGES SHE FACED). She coped with the challenges as it goes long (HOW
THEY COPED WITH THE CHALLENGES). She did not give up on her dreams because she
knew that the main reason that her parents brought her and her brother to
Canada was for a better educational opportunity. She always had that in mind,
no matter what struggles she had to face, and she knew she wanted to pursue
higher education no matter what it took. She is really proud about what she is
studying now (HOW THEY FEEL). She wants to make sure that she will not let
her parents down because they had sacrificed a lot for her future (WHAT
ATTITUDES THEY HAVE TOWARDS THEIR FUTURE). She thinks that cultural factors
are the productive factors that empowered her to grow up and overcome the
obstacles and challenges, she always had in mind that her parents made a huge
sacrifice for her education and future. Francisco suggests that for new
Canadian immigrants, it is important to have cultural support from other
people. However, if we continue relying on our own culture to live in Canada,
we won’t be able to rely on our own. We will be stuck in the “bubble”, where we
feel safe, and not trying to step out of that “safety bubble”. She states it is
good to have a social capital, but sometimes there is a huge fear to integrate,
and integrating does not really mean to be giving up your past life for your
new identity and culture value. (WHAT MESSAGES) .”Networking is very big
in Canada”, that is one of the easiest way to socialize with people and get to
know the new country. Seeking people that can give you honest guides and
feedbacks, that is an important part that helps to establish in this new community.
Mentors help Jemy in some of the big decisions she had to make in the upcoming
years about residency and employment. She got some optimistic lens even if she
does not get the results of what she predicted because she knows she had fought
hard for what she wanted. In my pinion,  Jemy’s
story is an experience for others to learn. One cannot just rely on others to
help you out of that fear zone, but also one should hard work to step out of
that fear area.


Michael Cheng came from Hong Kong (WHERE THEY COME FROM). He came to Canada from the age of
seven, and now he is twenty-seven years old (WHO THEY ARE). He is now an
entrepreneur with “The Next 36”, it is a development program for young
entrepreneurs (WHAT THEY DO). He immigrated to Canada with his family.
His parent thought that Canada will have a better educational system, a better
environment for Michael to grow, and also that it will be a land of opportunity
(WHY DID HE IMMIGRATED). His parents gave up their career to come to Canada.
Unfortunately, they could not get a comparable job in Canada (WHAT
CHALLENGES DID THEY FACE). In order to help his parents financially, he
tried to look up for jobs to contribute to the family (HOW THEY COPED).
He started his business over Vancouver, trying to learn more things in
different fields after his studies in Simon Fraser University. Finally, he
landed on one position, which is the “next 36 program”, which is an
entrepreneur development program that’s been funded and supported by Damery, Partisan,
and Western family. He feels happy to grow in Canada because he could avoid the
pressure that Asian educational system brings to many children (HOW THEY
FEEL & WHAT ATTITUDES THEY HAVE). The decision you make upon coming
here is important because some people weren’t able to adapt the new culture and
language. To get used to the new culture enclave, reaching out of being proactive
is very important because it helps to integrate much better into the new
society (WHAT MESSAGES). In my opinion, Michael’s story reminded me of
what my father told me. “If you do not learn in the beginning of the three
months in a new environment, you would not have the patience to learn
afterwards”. This is very similar to what Michael mentioned in the interview,
if you do not try to learn in the beginning, you will continue in the first
steps. (MY OPINION)

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Rawiya Kameir left her home country, Sudan from the age
of four and came over to Canada from the age of seventeen, she is now thirty-year-old
(WHO THEY ARE, WHERE THEY COME FROM). She came in 2004 to start her
first year of university. She immigrated to Canada because her brother
persuaded her (WHY DID SHE IMMIGRATE). She had no trouble to speak in
English because she always been to American and international schools where she
had American and Canadian teachers. Instead, she had problems dealing with her “invisible”
stress (WHAT CHALLENGES SHE FACED). It was rough for her because she was
in denial about the fact that she is having stress about trying to rebuild a
new life in a completely new country. She is now a Sudanese Canadian writer (WHAT
COPED?)  However, she does not
have a full time job. She is sad about it because she is not in where she
thought to be (HOW SHE FEELS). (WHAT ATTITUDES) She mentions that it is important
to have that “social capital”, it helped her to manage her from meeting new
people, it is a good way to create a support group. She is hopeful for her
future, there are a lot to come (WHAT MESSAGES). In my opinion, …


Treisy Nivera is originally from Guadalajara, a city in
Mexico (WHERE THEY COME FROM). She came to Canada as a refugee from the
age of eleven (WHO THEY ARE). She immigrated with her mother to Canada
after experiencing a lot of danger in Mexico (WHY). Dangers of Mexico
led to the death of Treisy’s father and sister, so her mother decided to come
to Canada and to give a better life to Treisy. They first applied for the US Visa,
but it was denied, then they chose to apply for the Canadian Visa. They found
out that they could apply for refugee because they need help from the
government. They faced the challenges of leaving their home community to a
totally alien environment; they did not know language skills; they did not know
anyone, and the worst process is that her mother needed to take care of Treisy
and her sister before her death (WHAT THEY FACED). Through a long and rough
process, her mother and Treisy finally got a refugee status, she was also
deported back to Mexico. She says, “Thanks to Francisco Rico-Martinez (FCJ
Refugee Centre), they helped her mother and her to come back to Canada” (HOW
THEY COPED). Luckily, they are now a permanent resident in Canada. However,
she was denied many times from her job interviews because of the number “nine”
in her social insurance number, which means that she is a refugee (WHAT THEY
DO). She also mentions that it feels safe to be a permanent resident
because she does not feel “limbo” anymore, she wants to start building her
future to her mother and herself (HOW SHE FEELS). Her goal is to go to
college and become a refugee lawyer, to be able to take care of her mother and
to help more people in need (WHAT ATTITUDES). Canada has a lot to offer,
but you need to face a lot and be patient in order to get what you want. Search
for it, adapt to the new environment, learn the new language, respect the
culture, and don’t think that you are the only one facing this challenge,
because there are thousands more others just like you that are fighting against
these challenges (WHAT MESSAGES). (MY OPINION)



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