Monday, November 27, 2006

Am I Québécois?

Would someone mind bringing me up to speed on where I fit into tonight's motion? I moved to Quebec in 2002 to attend grad school. I've learned some French, but not much. Senneville might be my favourite place on the Island. I'd love to stay here and teach for the rest of my life. I'd even raise a family here, though I think my kids would speak English at home. Pray tell, am I Québécois? Why or why not?


Alex B. said...

"I've learned some French, but not much."

Isn't the poli sci PhD program at the Université de Montréal taught in French? I mean, I'm sure you can do your research/PhD thesis in English, but in what language are classes taught?

Peter Loewen said...

My classes are taught in French. And my French remains quite middling.

Anonymous said...

Cher ami!

I am not sure that I well understand Harper's motion, so I don't know how you fit with!

Our Department provides a 45-hour undergraduate course (oui Alex, en français!) about nationalism and one-half of this is about the various definitions of the concept!

My favorite definition of a nation is based on the feeling of being a member of a national group. In the case of the "nation québécoise", it appears to me that it must be difficult for one to feel that she is a member of this nation if she is not able to use French at least minimally.

I believe that Québec state is a multinational society, with aboriginal and English-speaker national minorities. Following this logic, it doesn't make a sense to say that it is normal for all nation to get their own independant state, as Duceppe does. So I think that the independantists' rationale should be based on other ground.


Anonymous said...

Mais listen Pierre, as long as you eat two piece toast, side by each, eggs facing duh sun, an orange cup of juice (or is that ``jews''?) and a joe make it a kitkat, for breakfast, you are bien sur Québécois pure laine. No?

Anonymous said...

You are a Quebecer if you think you are.

french wedding cat said...

I'm kind of the opposite of you - my roots are Quebecois, and my dad grew up there. I speak no French, and am presently living in Southern Indiana (grew up in Toronto). I think I am a living testament to the idiocy of ethnic nationalism.