Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
1973 THE LETHBPIDGI HERALD 23 I H, 1972 THE LFTHBPIDGf Study shows more local assimilation of Japanese-Canadians HI- llM liieh BOlilical disinterest amojig i For tlic Japanese generation j The relocation of Ihe Japan- in Calgary, Edmonton or Van- nor Ihc objective factors, winch i place among the Chinese Ca- A geographlca i Chinese of 60 and above, the pre war ese Canadians, spread through couver than between them and may encourage political par- nadians once the tends to be ii Klufl Writer fliese are the findings of a and wartime experience arc many southern Alberta farms, Ihc rest of the Lethbridgites. ticipafion, exist for flic Chinese- ity problem of the first gener- such preservatio Although ethnic origin as a study Ethnic Origin and Politi- well compensated by the post- was the first step in breaking Three out of four said they Canadians of Lelhbrldgc. ation is over Once scattere ariable affecting one's politi- Cal Attitudes the Case of Oricn- war success of Hie younger gen- iloun the social significance of depended on Chinese newspa- In light of Ihe changes that Ethnicity, therefore, loses its rest of Ihe con attitude and bernvior is a tals bv Dr F Q Quo of the orations the Japanese ethnicity. pers printed in Hong Kong and have taken place in the Japan- political significance once an cularly a comm Dv JOE liigh polilical disinterest M'lfl' Chinese. are the findings of a Although ethnic origin as Ethnic Origin and Politi- ariable affecting one's Attitudes, the Case of Orien- :al attitude and behpvior is by Dr. F. Q. Quo of the jommonly acceplcd of Lefhbridgo. H was political sociology, in the December, 1971 loses ils political of the journal of Cana- an ethnic group is Ethnic Studies. ilated into the running excerpts from This is true especially study follow: southern Alberta, which pro- Canada today, and I'iclcs a favorable in particular, is a so- for socialization, and of equal opportunities, and is no exception. One factor for the is a two way atmosphere Is (hat It requires the willing- is a melting pot of not only of the immigrant Thus, the political to learn but also of tho and behavior of the local of the community to ac- panese Canadians, those under 40 years old. generation gap within the nearly parallel to that of Canadians certainly non greater than the gap be- On the other hand, because the young Japanese-Ca- circumstances to be and their counterparts later, there is an amazingly i who are non INo regions ihis year? Teacher-trustee talks approaching It is evident Dial teacher con- tract negotiations are drawing near. Both groups involved in the matter discussed exactly the same issue at separate meet- ings Wednesday whether trustees should continue to bar. gain as a regional group or whether each ixiard should ne- gotiate wilh its own teachers An executive meeting of [he Alberta Teachers' Association, Local 41, voted Wednesday to urge their individual school boards to return to the old sys- tem of bargaining. The issue also arose during Wednesday night's Lethbridge separate school board meeting when the toard was presented with a motion by E. S. Vasclen- ak requesting the to with- draw its membership from the LeLhbridge-Medicinc Hat School Authorities Association. Trustee Paul Matisz said he felt regional bargaining is a logical course for trustees to fol- low, since teachers can call upon the resources of a provin- cial body whenever feel it is necessary. "I would like to see it expand I until we had only four sets of negotiations in the entire prov- ince.'' he said. "One would be for Calgary and Edmonton, one for the smaller cities, and one for the counties." The board voted to table the motion on membership in the association for a future meet- ing. Meanwhile, teachers are mak- ing preparations to get bargain- ing on a new contract under way. During the Wednesday meet- ing, a two member delegation was selected to approach the school Iwards in an effort to i arrange a date lor the talks to I begin. Catholic Central problems discussed boards in the home economics 1 roc m end silverfish in the By RON CAUMVELL Staff Wrilrr 1 he caid Catholic Central High School ,.f boy who caugll, and the alleged problems winch lg mlce in hjs Iock-er year." exist there again occupied most Mr Overes said his daughter of the time during the regular meeting of tile Lclhbridgc sep- arate school board Wednesday night. The problems ranged from sl.udent grievances to mice in the home economics room. .A four member student del- brought home proof of the prob- lem in two glass jars. N. L. Reilandcr, socretary- l.reasurer of the board, said Catholic Central was complete- ly fumigated during Uie sum- mer and lie had received no re- this year that the situa- uen e-: lhi egation, lead by two former I tlon bcen Catholic Central students who ..We have all ovcr the are now attending schools in j ,acc blll ve ]usl seenl Ihe public system, presented the pct all somehow." he board vrith n brief iirpne; board action on .several fronts. The problems cited ranged from having a male teacher in- struct the girls physical educa- tion classes to some teachers being late for classes. situation The delegation represented 33 students met recently to outline their problems for pres- entation lo llie board. The meet- ing was organized by trustee E. S. Vaselcnnk. Because the Iward had not re- ceived Ihc information prior to the meeting, it was decided to hold it ovcr uirtil the next ?cs- sion of the education cor.imit- lec, by which lime trustees felt Ibpy could obl-iiii more inform- ation on the poinLs raised in the brief Boras, board chairman, said that a full report on the matter should be prepared for the next board meeting "so we can find out exactly what the is and u-hat can be Separate uiiior high isked again The Lelhbridgc separate school Imarcl seems to liav- Bill Ovcros brought the ro-! infi getting through a ml problem lo (he board's at. raeci.'nR W1'lloul !lie eoiilrover- dci lent ion, "Then.1 are mice in Ihc cup- Assumption addition delayed sial issue of a junior bigh school IxMiig meiilioiied at least once. Wednesday iiiglit it came up lor discussion twice once when a student delegation ad- vocated separate facilities for junior high school students and acnin later when other issues at Catholic Central High School were being discussed. The students said the separa- i lion of junior and srnior stu- Thc sl.'irl of work on tho ;ul- dents would r.Ilow Ihc younger dition lo Assumplion Srhao] i group to grow up more natural- has delayed a( least two [y. weeks. "I Lhinlt maybe we should Tile pmjecl cannol pel under I move Grades 7 and 8 hack lo way until n bylaw is passed the north said superin- j authorizing the bn.ird to Ixir-! lendent Bob Kimmitl. row the necessary funds. Such "This should he done as soon a bylaw inusl have the unani- mous approval nf Ihr honrd to as pos.Mhlc. Tlie mothers over j there are so stirred up Iw given throe iT.iding.s in one aro going lo lose confidence in niprhl. 'our heiuiUful school system." Trusloe Iv S. Vaselcn.nk was Mr. KinimiU has staled sev- tbo only dissenling member crnl limes, in earlier discus- when the byalw wns put lo a sious, that the only way junior vole niglil. Mr. snid he will conlinue lo oppose Ihc bylaw unlil tlie Ijnnrd orjjanizes a hitfh students can lw accommn- ilalcd sopnralcly is lo rcarranfio Uic presonl setup. Tbc district does not liiivc an enrolment mi'oling with parents in Ihc I large enough lo justify a sopa- di.slricl lo hcai- theii' rale school for junior high views on Ihc addition. school students. DR. Unlike Hrilish Col u m I) i a, I Vancouver for tlieir major where Ihe Japanese were per-! sources of polilical information, secutcd because of their com- i Thus, neither Ihe subjective petition wilh whiles for Ihe farms of Alberta welcomed j the relocated Japanese in sugar beet and wheat fields, where the manpower was badly need- ed. The most surprising phenome- non is the lack of polilical in- terest in the Chinese group. Al- though per cent of those in- terviewed are Canadian citi- zens, 75 per cent indicated that they have never voled in fed- eral, provincial or municipal elections. The root of this disinterest evidently is the absence of so- cialization with the rest of the community. The Chinese in Lelhbridge still form a small ghetto. There are more interactions between Chinese in Lethbridge and those nor the objective factors, which may encourage political par ticipalion, exist for the Chinese- Canadians of Lethbridge. In light of Ihe changes that have taken place in the Japan- ese community since 1938, it is only reasonable lo speculate that similar changes will fake i place among the Chinese Ca- nadians once the unassimilabii- ity problem of the first gener- ation is over. Ethnicity, therefore, loses its political significance once an ethnic group is unable to pre- 1 serve its own contents and pto- cess of socialization. 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