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My birthday wish: World Peace

Posted by Alisa | 10.19.13

Chinese Cake. Image from www.

It was shortly after my birthday on October 19, 2006 that I decided to do my part in creating World Peace – I made the commitment to become an ambassador for visible minority immigrants. They represent a segment of our society I’ve termed the “little guys”.

Many of us can probably relate to the “little guy” – the “underdog”, the “invisible”, the “outsider”. In fact, there’s more probably more people who can relate to the “little guy” than there are who can relate to those “on top”.

It’s human nature that we create initial judgements from visual impressions. In fact, new industries have been created based on visual first impressions, eg. Home staging.

Unfortunately, people who were born outside of Canada and are visually different than “mainstream, white, Anglo-Saxon” in appearance, who speak another language more fluently than English (or French, depending which part of Canada you live in), have often been overlooked – by people, the people who run businesses, and especially those who run big businesses. I know, because I’m a member of a “visible minority”, and incredibly, occasionally, I’m still treated differently.

As one of the “little guys”, I’m not only short in stature (I’m 5’1”), I’m also a Chinese immigrant. I’m told I “speak English very well” by fellow Canadians, but I’ll forever not be mainstream “white, Anglo-Saxon”. I’m what Canada’s Employment Equity Act of 1986 defines as a “visible minority”.

Seven years ago, I took on the challenge and civic obligation to strive for world peace. My birthday wish then was that my cross-cultural services would no longer be needed one day. Seven years later, the world is still a little ways away from that vision…and hence, Quote EndQuote Cross-Cultural Strategy is still thriving.