If you genuinely believe Chinese people buying houses in the same neighborhood is like a military…
Doctor Wu

A better example would be the mining business. Companies in British Columbia were pleased as punch that they could unload their mines on Chinese investors. The government was happy as well. Then when the new owners naturally proposed bringing in five thousand of their citizens as workers in the mines there was a bit of a shock. But what about the [largely unemployed] Canadian miners? Oh they can’t speak our language and we wouldn’t know how to manage them properly (Unsaid: the Canucks also insist on following safety regulations, while job safety is not always a prime consideration back in the Middle Kingdom, especially if it gets expensive).

One key difference in attitude between the US and Canada is that of the ‘melting pot’ vs. the ‘mosaic’. Immigrants to Canada are encouraged to maintain their traditional culture and language. This does not exclude integrating into the larger society, learning and respecting its ways, and modifying attitudes toward the new land. With the Chinese this often does not happen until the second or even the third generation. The cultural confrontations the Chinese are experiencing in African countries (sometimes with violence) are an example of the unwillingness or inability to fit into the new environment.

I live in Southeast Asia and the troubles between ethnic groups here are often traceable to similar attitudes.

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