Across Cultures

Points of View

Read what those involved with current issues across Canada have to say about cultural diversity and multiculturalism.

Quebec

Jack Jedwab

Jack Jedwab

Jack Jedwab is presently Executive Director of the Association for Canadian Studies. From 1994-1998 he served as Executive Director of the Quebec Region of the Canadian Jewish Congress. He holds a doctoral degree in Quebec history from Concordia University. Dr. Jedwab is currently a lecturer at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada where he teaches Sports in Canada. From 1989-96 he was adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology where he taught a course on ethnocultural minorities in Quebec. He has written essays in books, scholarly journals and in newspapers across the country.

The Diverse Family of Canadians: Documenting the Immigrant Experience in Canada

In this essay, the Executive Director of the Association for Canadian Studies, Jack Jedwab, writes about the importance of family, neighbourhood and community when adjusting to a new life in Canada.


Our Street Was Paved with Gold
1973, director: Albert Kish

Excerpt (1:43)


St. Lawrence Boulevard was the line of demarcation between English and French Montreal when the character of the narrator was a child in that sociable neighbourhood of immigrants. Familiar foods were available, but the boy wanted to taste hot dogs and milk shakes. In 1973, the narrator, like many former residents, returns to the old neighbourhood for his bagels, a taste of childhood.

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