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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Just how Canadian are you really?

I seem to have developed a penchant for online quizzes. This means, I really need to get out of the house more but I'm happy self-medicating at home for the moment. To get some variety in my diet, I was going to order in some dinner last night but then roomie cooked and saved me the trouble of having to reach out to the outside world.

The article linked above is from the Economist.com and tests your knowledge of Canada. I was a little pensive because my notion of Canadian-ness is sometimes a bit askew. For example, people refer to shows like "Kids in the Hall" which I've never seen a full episode of. And yet, tv programs pre-1984 are quite familiar to me. I can't think of any since I mostly grew up on a diet of US television (damn you cross-border flows!) - but I assure you, its the humus of my memory's ecology.

I did well on the test though. That is, I did as-well-as-I-would like-to and better-than-I-expected with a score of 9 out of a possible 13. The economist's summation of my performance: "Well done, but there is more to the country than ice and kitten-eating aliens." I don't think I WANT to be any more Canadian than this.

My Canadian-ness, Australian-ness and Korean-ness come under scrutiny from myself (mostly others) as competing notions. Its particularly bad around the Olympics season... But they tend to play together nicely when asked. This weather brings out the mopey Canadian, the whinging Aussie and the bitchy Korean.

9 Comments:

At 12:59 AM, Blogger cow said...

I had 13 on 13... well I went directly to the answers. Should I try to find something to evaluate your French-ness ;) and be a stinky French.

 
At 2:47 PM, Blogger mtlanglo said...

Ugh! I ranked a mere 10- does not look good for a born and breed Canuck who considers himself up on current affairs!

 
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At 3:11 PM, Blogger Oblivia said...

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At 7:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got 10 out of 13. Chalk it up to obsessive CBC watching. Ah, the CBC -- the real old CBC of the 1970s with its bad homemade programs like Pencil Box and Coming Up Rosie. The Beachcombers (every episode was the same, the island would catch on fire and Relic would only grudgingly lend them the jet boat to save Nick and Jesse), and on that topic, Bruno Gerussi's cooking show...

What's freaky about Canada in that cultural-stew sense is how regionalism transcends ethnicity. Russell Peters and Shaun Majumder may both be Indo-Canadian comedians but I'm sure each sees himself as Torontonian and Newfie, respectively.

Tis all relative: I'm on a sliding scale from 'indo-scottish-irish (with some spanish)-french-mohawk if you really want to know' to anglo-Montrealer, to Montrealer-in-Quebec, to Quebecer-in-Canada, to Canadian-visiting-Oklahoma...depending on where I am and who I'm with.

Which makes me wonder -- what would Margaret Cho have been like if she had grown up in Winnipeg instead of San Francisco?

 

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