8.29.2007

"canada is just a better country"

As I mentioned, one of my nieces (C1) and her boyfriend (C2) are spending a week here before C1 begins university next month.

C2 lived in Canada for 7 months last year, playing hockey in one of the higher-level junior leagues. He has hockey friends throughout Ontario and was hoping to get together with some. I was skeptical. C&C don't have a car here, and I was assuming hockey buddies wouldn't be driving great distances to see each other. Shows you what I know, as our home has become reunion central for guys from Barrie, Newmarket, Orangeville and wherever else. This also means C&C can go enjoy themselves while we are glued to the Red Sox-Yankees series. Very nice.

[Hockey fans may be interested in knowing that Ron Ellis's nephew had dinner with us last night. Just a random factoid for anyone who cares.]

While Allan and C1 went to the beer store and the LCBO for reinforcements, C2 and I had a very interesting chat. Smart guy, this C2. We had a wide ranging conversation - initiated by him, I swear - about the differences between Canada and the US. War was a major topic, as was health care, the environment, government lies, treatment of veterans, same-sex marriage, abortion rights... you name it. C1's conclusion: "Canada is just a better country". To paraphrase, it cares about people more. It isn't the bully of the planet. It's more accepting of difference. And if there's a draft, I'm coming here, to stay.

I was heartened by this 19-year-old, white, heterosexual, beer-drinking hockey player having such an open mind and a progressive view of the world. It made me feel hopeful.

7 comments:

David Cho said...

Well now, why would a white, heterosexual, beer-drinking hockey player impress you more than a Korea, heterosexual, sushi eating nerd?

Not to put words in your mouth :).

Actually I have been thinking about this a lot. People automatically assume that I am a closed minded male chauvinist based on my race and religion. Asian women do that especially and project their male chauvinist fathers on me and other Asian men.

Now, who is really closed minded here?

David Cho said...

I should say you are one of the few who actually took time to get to know me first before drawing conclusions, and sounds like you did the same with C2.

tornwordo said...

Wow, that is really encouraging. I'm glad to hear it and I have to fully concur. I was trying to explain this the other day to someone, and I couldn't get through the "america is the best country in the world" filter ingrained into the individual.

L-girl said...

Well now, why would a white, heterosexual, beer-drinking hockey player impress you more than a Korea, heterosexual, sushi eating nerd?

Did I say I was comparing the two? I was impressed with you, too. Don't worry. :)

Actually I have been thinking about this a lot. People automatically assume that I am a closed minded male chauvinist based on my race and religion. Asian women do that especially and project their male chauvinist fathers on me and other Asian men.

Now, who is really closed minded here?


Well David, I don't know about the people making assumptions about you, but I wasn't doing that with C2.

I was delighted that a guy of his age, who appeared to be just a fun-loving, in-the-moment kind of guy (hockey, beer, girls, hockey, beer, girls) actually had an expanded world view.

It made me very happy, and was affirming of my belief that good people are everywhere, and that many people are deeper than they appear to be.

I didn't have any assumptions about him, as I had just met him.

I should say you are one of the few who actually took time to get to know me first before drawing conclusions, and sounds like you did the same with C2.

Always!

David Cho said...

I was delighted that a guy of his age, who appeared to be just a fun-loving, in-the-moment kind of guy (hockey, beer, girls, hockey, beer, girls) actually had an expanded world view.

Oh I see. Makes a lot of sense.

L-girl said...

Oh I see. Makes a lot of sense.

It didn't hurt that his worldview echoes mine. :)

Nikolas said...

I love reading stuff like that...helps to remind me why we moved :-)