posted on Nov, 4 2006 @ 04:40 PM
That Certain Je Ne Sais Quois
If you have to ask, you'll never understand.
From my perspective, there will always be some sort of tension between a distinct cultural or ethnic minority and a national culture or identity as a
We certainly see this in the U.S. with the whole "hyphenated Americans" controversy, and if the international media is any guide, such tensions
exist pretty much everywhere in the world.
I think to the extent such "subcultures" can distinguish themselves as cultural and ethnic versus political or national, tensions can be
But to the extent they declare themselves distinct in political or national ways, tensions will naturally rise.
In the case of Quebec, I think a lot of the uneasiness stems from uncertainty in this regard, and such efforts as the
Quebec sovereignty movement
serve to exacerbate these tensions.
After all, there's nothing like demanding your own country to make other Canadians think you don't like being Canadian.