Ever since I arrived in Toronto, I’ve been fascinated by the
multi-culturality and the way different cultures integrate or do not
integrate with each other. I’ve wanted to understand more about the
process, and I was happy to come across Calculated Kindness : Global
Restructuring, Immigration and Settlement in Canada published by
OISE and edited by Rose Baaba Folson.
An edited volume, with very different chapters not always
integrating into a unified whole.
Although some of the topics were interesting, I often found that the
articles spent far too much time “preparing the ground”, rehashing
different immigration theorists (often the usual suspects in several
articles), and the actual argument and data became very short. When
they ended with “and thus I have shown”, I almost had the impression
of reading a student essay (then again, these are mostly MA/PhD
Some really interesting stuff, like the history of Chinese/Japanese
immigration to Canada, stuff about Punjabis from India immigrating,
and an article about “white immigration to developing countries”,
ie. development consultants and businesspersons.
The sources listed a few people that I’d like to look up for further