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2020 marks a decade since I’ve moved to Canada, and what seems like 10 long years on paper feels very much like a blink of an eye behind the screen. This realization has rendered me pensive about my journey thus far to belong in this country–a journey of belonging through the matrices of culture, language, and identity. The journey hasn’t always been easy; it has been a grueling rite of passage that seems to never reach its destination. I write here and ask myself, where does it all lead? Where have I been and where am I trying to go now? Where will I, my languages and identities, end up? Where–and when–can I finally be home?
The guest blogger who opens our regular blogging for 2018-19, Afrouz Tavakoli, is a second year Educational Studies PhD student in the Department of Integrated Studies at McGill University. She completed a degree in Women’s Studies at Concordia University and has a BA in International Relations from Webster University of Geneva, Switzerland. Afrouz is interested in the process of identity formation and belonging as relational and social phenomena. Her inspiration in writing a graphic novel, excerpted here (illustrations by M. Ali Ziaie), was to deconstruct how the interplay of social and power dynamics influences the sense of self and belonging of migrants. Through the graphic novel form she has examined the additional challenges for those immigrants who are categorized as Muslim and Middle Eastern in the current Islamophobia era. In her doctoral dissertation, by drawing on critical pedagogy, Afrouz will be studying how educational institutions in Canada can facilitate self-conscious awareness raising of Middle Eastern Muslim women so that they can autonomously craft and integrate their dual identity as Canadian-Muslim women.Continue reading →
L’été est une époque de l’année où les gens au Québec sont beaucoup plus détendus et en profitent pour se reposer et prendre les choses plus relaxes. C’est pour plusieurs l’occasion de sortir de la routine habituelle, de participer à des évènements spéciaux, d’aller passer du temps au chalet, de profiter du beau temps, d’assister à des festivals, de se réunir entre amis et de revoir la famille. L’été au Québec c’est tellement merveilleux! Depuis déjà plusieurs années, chaque été c’est la tradition d’organiser un rassemblement familial sous prétexte de se revoir, tant du coté de ma mère que du côté de mon père. Continue reading →
I still remember the first time a complete stranger asked me the question “Where are you from?” I was 13 years old and in Calgary with my family to partake in the 1988 Winter Olympic celebrations. My family and I were being seated in a restaurant when a woman sitting by herself stopped me to ask the question: Continue reading →