Canadian = Blonde, English, White: Theorizing Race, Language and Nation

  • Marnina Gonick


This article examines the ways in which discourses of Canadian national identity intersect with those of gender through the lens of young girls of immigrant and refugee backgrounds. In particular, it explores notions of "Canadian-ness" among school girls of Vietnamese and Chinese backgrounds. It also historicizes the emergence of nationalist discourses and traces Canadian government policies that set up exclusionary boundaries around the notion of "Canadian" as a category of identity.