By Anu Sahota
One question so often asked of immigrants, and indeed of many second and third generation Canadians is "where do you come from?" For those new Canadians who've spent considerable energies immigrating to a new land, the implication that home is inevitably elsewhere can be frustrating. Some years ago as I carried my laundry to my apartment an elderly woman stepping off the elevator exclaimed, "welcome to Canada!" Baffled (I was born and raised in Victoria, B.C.), I wondered what had given her the impression that I was in any way new to the country. After all, I had obviously been around long enough to accumulate laundry - not to mention acquire the cheek to wear a Margaret Trudeau-inspired bob with Neil Young-invoking flares.
In this clip from a September 1984 episode of The Canadians, a weekly program which profiled multicultural communities, host Paul Winn speaks with Philippino immigrant Leo Kunen who reflects on the first question he is always asked: "where do you come from?"