Life in Canada not easy for these Chinese immigrants

Ivy Li
By Ivy Li October 7, 2017 09:35

Xiao Hua Wang and her husband Dong Hua Zhang near the Detroit River Sept. 29. (Photo by Ivy Li.)

By Ivy Li

While Canada celebrates its vibrant cultural mosaic, its immigrants are trying to create a normal life here for themselves.

According to Statistics Canada, one in every five people in this country are of a visible minority. That means, they make up 19-23 per cent of the nation’s population.

Living in Canada comes with hard work, according to one woman who has been living in Windsor for eight years.

Xiao Hua Wang, a 75- year old mother, works on a farm as a labourer near Bruce Avenue.

Wang and her husband hail from Shan Xi province in southwest China. Despite the strong language barrier, the duo are able to lead a normal life.

Wang says she is able to get around with her other Chinese-speaking friends.

“I encountered many difficulties at the beginning due to the language barrier, but gradually it’s been getting better and better,” she said in Mandarin.

“My daughter and son-in-law would take care of everything for me,” Wang added.

The family is now planning for the upcoming Chinese Spring Festival in February, a cultural highlight in Windsor for the Chinese-Canadian community.

Ivy Li
By Ivy Li October 7, 2017 09:35

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