After the temblors and ensued tsunami battered Japan’s North-eastern prefectures, the whole world bemoan the loss of thousands of lives so far on the dilapidated island and expresses the deepest sympathy for Japanese people. Until now, several nuclear reactors are still under great pressure and could be out of control anytime soon.
In the aftermath, The New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof was in Japan looking for any looting, crime and social disturbance, but he could not find any discord on the quite streets that he expected. Kristof was surprised with the perseverance, civility and orderliness that Japanese grimly shined through when they are at bay. It is no doubt that Japanese people have idiosyncrasies which people living in other parts of the world could have never imagined. Ruth Benedict in her must-read “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” proved it with ample evidences.
You may wonder why natural disaster that devoured much of Japan and Japanese response to such tragedy has anything to do with Canada. But just think if their lives are seriously affected by the nuclear radiation, or a large territory is decimated and no longer suitable for living, then Japanese who seldom grumbles may start to think about the possibility of emigration. And guess which country in the world is the most benevolent to the immigrants? Oh, Canada!
What about the countries those are culturally and geographically closest to Japan? Think further. You don’t expect people with a both strong and narrow sense of nationalism like some stingy Chinese and South Korean patriots would welcome “Japanese devils”, which is a nickname Japanese have been called starting from WWII and until today. And even for Japanese themselves, they would not consider to take the risk to live with these two neighbors together.
To my Canadian fellows, I do not even need to mention what civility, self-discipline and high skills in various industries do mean to Canada where we are basically lack of all of the above. I still remember how indignant our Japanese professor at University of Toronto was after he saw some guy cut in the line at the bus stop. “This is unacceptable and never going to happen in Japan,” he shouted in our morning class.
At this special moment, for Canadian it is the time to lend a hand to Japanese, and remember, it is also the time to woo Japanese. If we missed this great opportunity, next time please do not tell me that Canada does not have enough well-educated and professionally qualified residents.
March 18, 2011
カナダ移民！ Canada Welcomes You!
1. 投資移民 “INVESTOR CATEGORY”.
2. 個人移民 “INDEPENDENT SKILLED WORKER CLASS”.
3. CEC “CANADIAN EXPERIENCE CLASS”.
4. 企業家移民 “ENTREPRENEUR CATEGORY”.
5. 自営業 “SELF-EMPLOYED CATEGORY”
6. 家族移民 “FAMILY CLASS