Across Cultures

Why did we come to Canada?

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This theme shows people talking about their decisions to immigrate to Canada. Many state that political and economic pressures were compelling.

When Strangers Re-Unite

When Strangers Re-Unite
1999, director: Florchita Bautista, Marie Boti

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It was grandparents who raised Maricel Guinto in the Philippines. Her mother, Este Pusag, had immigrated to Canada to supplement family income. It was harder than Este expected: under Canadian immigration rules she could only do domestic work, although she was a professional nurse. Both the separation and the eventual Canadian reunification of daughter and mother were painful for everyone.