Canadian Culture : Canadian Culture Big C and Small c Culture Canadians : Canadians www.flikr.com Canada welcomes approximately 200,000 immigrants a year from all parts of the globe. Canadian big C culture : Canadian big C culture Religion Art Food www.flikr.com Books Music Canadian Art : Canadian Art Alex Colville 1978 Canadian Food : Canadian Food Poutine from Quebec Pancakes and maple syrup Beaver Tail Lobster Hard tack or ship’s biscuit Naniamo bars Bannock Canadian Wildlife : Canadian Wildlife www.flikr.com A small c moment in Canada : A small c moment in Canada A friend of mine from Taiwan told me about his small c cultural experience: “A few days after I arrived in Victoria I went to the supermarket. At the checkout I was asked, paper or plastic? What did they mean? I was so embarrassed”.
In Canada you can choose to have your groceries put into either paper or plastic carry bags. My small c moment in China : My small c moment in China I had just arrived to teach in Chengdu, China. The Chinese teachers invited the foreign teachers out for supper. When we had eaten I was expecting us to remain at the table and have a conversation. Instead all the Chinese teachers got up and left. They didn’t say even good-bye.
In Canada when the meal is over we remain at the table for a few minutes to talk and then say good-bye. Culture is Like an Iceberg : Culture is Like an Iceberg Culture is like an iceberg. Some aspects are visible, and others are beneath the surface. Invisible aspects influence and cause the visible ones. Art, books, religion, music and so on. Conversation and thinking styles, gifts, customs, dating, family life, values,
gestures, body language, sports,
meal time, greetings, family life and values and so on. Visible Invisible Why small c is so important. : Why small c is so important. Culture and communication are inseparable because culture not only dictates who talks to whom, about what, and how the communication proceeds, it also helps to determine how people encode messages, the meanings they have for messages …to be interpreted.
Culture is the foundation of communication.
(Samovar, Porter, & Jain, 1981)
www.sfs.nju.edu.cn/edit/UploadFile/200612219116841.doc Your small c experience : Your small c experience Task: Now I want you to think of some small c experiences which have happened to you since you arrived in Canada.
Close this activity to read about your next assignment. Slide 12: The End Bill Reid (1920-1998) Haida First Nation Flickr.com