For the month of April I will be blogging alphabetically with the theme of Winnipeg versus Davao City. Not to prove a winner but simply to explore the differences and similarities between my home town and my current location.
X is for Xenophilia!
Xenophilia is the love of foreigners. Many people have probably heard of Xenophobia which is the fear of foreigners. In this case 'foreigners' refers to people of a different racial heritage. I am so thankful to have grown up and now live in cities where immigration and multiculturalism are celebrated!
I already mentioned that Winnipeg has a lot of Filipinos in my blurb on Language. It also has large populations of Native Canadians, German, Dutch, Ukrainian, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Serbian, Croatian, Greek, Italian, Icelandic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Ethiopian, Sudanese, Eritrean... and little pockets of many others! Folklorama is one of our most popular festivals. This is a two week expo on the rich cultural diversity of our city. (It is the largest and longest running of it's kind in the world.)
|Pool of Black Star ceiling in the Manitoba Legislative building.|
Davaoeños are already a beautiful mix of ethnicity! Traditionally they are a blend of Filipino (duh!), Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Arabic. Filipinos are big on mixing up the gene pool. I think this is a very healthy attitude to have. And it makes for beautiful people! Filipinos love talking to strangers and pretty much everyone we've meet has either travelled or dreams of travelling to different countries. The airport has special "OFW" lines that are always packed. (OFW = Overseas Foreign Workers) Many young Filipinos will spend a few years working in different parts of the world. It's a great experience for them and the extra income they can earn helps their family.
To be perfectly honest, I would have to admit that one of my personal favourite things about immigration is the food. Is that horrible? I love being able to go for really good, authentic Indian, Ethiopian, Vietnamese... Such diverse and delicious flavours!
Cheers for Xenophilia!