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It’s Not THAT Personal

If you ask me a question, I'll answer it. I've been trained that way, it's the result of navigating a multicultural relationship and being an immigrant.

Two Countries, Two Systems

In Canada, the social safety net covers a broad spectrum of programs designed to give assistance to citizens outside of what the market provides. However, it is much less generous and comprehensive...

This is Rubbish

On garbage night, as I stroll around the neighborhood, I can’t help but silently judge people. Oh come on, I can’t possibly be the only person who eyes the pile of garbage placed at the curb in front...

10 Noticeable Small Differences

I’ve been flying from the old world to the new continent and back for over ten years now, and I know what to expect—at this point, neither France nor Canada is particularly exotic to me. Yet, there...

Flagged

It would be years until I display a flag. Like many French, I associated the national flag to yes, the French Revolution—a long long time ago—but mostly to more contemporary dark periods of human...

Wake Up and Smell Canada!

One of the first things I noticed in Canada is that North Americans seem to be much more sensitive to smell than Europeans. For instance, many workplaces have adopted a “scent-free policy” for...

The Land of “OMG-So-Much-Awesomeness”

If Chinese are overly polite, North Americans tend to be overly cheerful and easily excited. I grew up as a cynical French, so it felt very strange at first to be swaddled by so much eagerness and...

Shocking: I Discovered That I am Still French

We can’t help it. We are raising Mark the Chinese and the French ways. We respect Canadian customs and abide by local rules, etiquette and laws. But at home, we use Chinese/French parenting skills. I...

A Kid Friendly World—France and Canada

Now that I have joined the dark side—and that Feng can look at Mark and say “I am… your father” in a Dark Vador voice—I do see the world a little bit differently. And yes, I use words such as “kid...

It’s Garage Sale Season

Don’t be surprised if one Saturday morning, you wake up to a busier-than-usual street with cars parked on both sides, or if your neighbour seems to have taken the garbage out too early—it’s garage...

The French And Their Bathrooms

I first noticed the many differences between North American bathrooms and French bathrooms a while ago, but I had somehow forgotten about it. It all came back to mind today, when I went for a drink...

Canada is Huge

At school, I learned that the three largest countries in the world were Russia (and at the time, the USSR was larger than current-day Russia!), Canada and China. As a kid, it was hard to comprehend...

The Same… Just Different

Thanks to globalization, no matter where you go these days, you will probably experience a lesser culture shock than the great explorers did a few centuries ago. Familiar brands and franchises took...