[🇨🇦] QUESTIONS FOR LISTERS WHO ARE FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE U.S.
Inspired by @amieshmamie I immigrated to Canada from Trinidad with my family when I was 7. I am Canadian and with saying that I am able claim it as my identity as well as being Trinidadian. It is one of the greatest things about being Canadian, in my polite opinion.
- •Do you feel moved by your national anthem?No. I understand that others place value on it and I respect that but it isn't something that has much meaning to me. I was vehemently opposed to nationalism when I was younger because I felt it clouds people's perceptions especially when it comes to being critical. I'm also not a fan of God Save the Queen, but that's just my detest for the monarchy in Canada.
- •How do children in your country get to school?The same as American kids, most walk, some take school buses and some have parents who can drop them off to their before school program.
- •Can you succinctly explain your country's healthcare system and are most satisfied with it?I can't be succinct about it because I work in healthcare. Everyone is entitled to health care (although I've been told that I will lose mine for not updating my Heath Card) each province has different systems for funding and regulations. Healthcare is funded and some cases subsidized based on income. There are certain things that employment/private insurance can help with the costs. Most are satisfied, but we are failing a lot people, again, in my polite opinion.
- •What is the best part of living in your country?The people. Depending on where you are your experiences will be enriched solely on those you interact with.
- •What is the worst part?I think the similar frustrations Americans may face like dissatisfaction/disengagement with politics and bureaucracy. The weather can get you down depending on where you are and how adept you are with making snow angels.
- •Are there accents within the language you speak?There are definitely regional accents. I live in a bilingual community and I'm impressed with how little accents they have when they switch back and forth between English and French. And I think you can pick out the francophone accent from the French-speaking anglophones.
- •What would say is the overall impression from your country have of the US and its citizens.You guys love guns. You're obnoxious and arrogant. I think most are astonished that 8 years ago there seemed to be the opportunity for progress and now... And now!
- •Have you ever lived in another country? If so, what difference stood out most between that country and your home?I can refer to my early childhood but there are so many differences that I'm not sure if the country I once knew is the same. I do remember disparity between rich and poor, lack of opportunity for women, the normalizing of violence towards children and women, the racism, the kidnappings, people living without running water or electricity, etc. But again I hope things have changed.
- •Do you hope to move to the US someday?I did, I planned a trip to Chicago in my 20s to see if that would be my new home. It could have been. It was a time in my life that I wanted to be anywhere that wasn't where I was. I don't see myself moving to US unless there was an opportunity to do more.
- •Can I come stay with you?I'm a terrible host so as long as you're able to amuse yourself and put up with my randomness you are welcomed here.