This article was published by Huffpost Living, written by Emma Prestwich on Nov 3, 2016
Canada is a nation composed mostly of immigrants. If you’re not indigenous, then you or your family originally came here from another country.
In fact, 17 million people have immigrated to Canada since 1867. Some fled war or poverty, others just wanted more lucrative jobs. All sought a better life.
But Canada is cold in the winter. New immigrants can feel isolated. Many support other family members on a single salary.
Here are six stories of Canadian immigrants and their kids.
JYAN NATH AND RAGINI KAPIL
When Ragini Kapil’s fourth-grade class was studying India, her teacher pointed out the country on a map and asked where her family was from.
Nelson, B.C., she said.
The child of Indian parents from Fiji, who had moved their from the tropical nation in 1962 when she was 18 months old, Kapil spent most of her childhood trying to latch on to white culture as much as possible.
“I never perceived or identified myself as being ethnic,” she says.
She isn’t technically a second-generation Canadian, but moved here at such a young age that she has no memory of living in Fiji.
Her parents, both teachers, gave Kapil and her siblings a very westernized childhood. They spoke English at home and cooked many western-type dishes alongside Indian food. She took piano lessons and sang in the choir.
When Kapil was 10 or 11, she started cooking whatever she saw on TV, North American standards like mac and cheese and a Butterball turkey. When friends came over, she’d made sure that “Canadian” food was around.
“I felt very isolated growing up in a way, because I would hide my heritage.”
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