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Ethnic identity among second-generation Finnish immigrant youth in Canada: some voices and perspectives.

Authors
  • Jurva, Katrina
  • Jaya, Peruvemba S
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian ethnic studies
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
40
Issue
2
Pages
109–128
Identifiers
PMID: 20734563
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study examines the ethnic identity experiences of second-generation Finnish immigrant youth in Canada. The study draws from interviews conducted among second-generation Finnish immigrant youth in Ottawa. How these individuals identify with the Finnish ethnic group and engage in ethnic culture may play a pivotal role in the continuance of Finnish culture in Canada. Therefore, it is necessary to understand not only whether second-generation Finnish immigrants identify with their ethnic group, but also how they do so. We found that the youth identified with their Finnish ethnicity on a symbolic level, participating occasionally in the local ethnic community, but not living within ethnic culture on a day-to-day basis. They identify strongly with being Canadian and have an appreciation of multiculturalism and contrast it with Finnish society when they visit Finland.

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