Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to
Canada to start a new life. They come with many different skills and the hope of
contributing to their new society.
If you are reading this website, you may be interested in finding
out more about Singaporeans, where they come from and what it is like in their home
country. Perhaps you are hosting a Singaporean family as part of the HOST Program,
learning about Singaporean newcomers in school or working with Singaporeans who have
settled in Canada recently. Whatever the reason for your interest, you will probably
find this booklet helpful. It will introduce you to Singapore and give you some
information about its culture.
Singaporeans of most ethnic groups and religions will find similar
groups in Canada. This can help make their transition a little smoother. However, it is
important to remember that any move to a new country and culture can be difficult.
All immigrants leave behind family and friends. You can help them
adjust to Canada and can answer many of their practical questions about schools, hospitals,
or shopping. You will probably find that you have some things in common with your Singaporean
friends and have a lot to learn from them.Although this cultural profile provides insight
into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply
in equal measure to all newcomers from Singapore.
Did you know? |
Mynah birds, with their yellow beaks and black and white wings,
are as common in Singapore as sparrows and pigeons are in Canada.