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Adjusting to Life in Canada

Andre Goh

Andre emigrated with his family from Malaysia to Toronto’s west end. He talks of struggling to fit in as a teen and wanting desperately to be white.

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  • Dorota Glowacka

    Dorota emigrated from Poland, first to the United States, then Canada. She compares her experience in Canada to that of the U.S., where the reception was starkly different.

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  • George Zwaagstra

    George immigrated through Pier 21 in 1951 from the Netherlands, eager for new opportunities after the Second World War had decimated Europe. His journey takes him from a farm, to the air force, and, finally, back to Pier 21.

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  • Lorelei and Rosalind Silverman

    As newcomers to Toronto, sisters Rosalind and Lorelei from Romania walked from one end of the city to the other, visiting every museum and festival until they knew the city inside out.

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  • Ratna Ghosh

    Ratna lived a sheltered life in India. An arranged marriage brought her to Canada where she discovered her independence and self-reliance. Ratna has gone on to become a successful educator and academic.

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