Discourses of Skilled Immigrants and Canadian Experience: An Intertextual Analysis of English, Chinese Canadian, and Indian-Canadian Media (2010-2013)
Principal Investigator: Izumi Sakamoto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Co-Applicants: Rupaleem Bhuyan, University of Toronto; Jane Ku, University of Windsor
Funded by: SSHRC Standard Grant
This research project builds on the Principal Investigator’s previous SSHRC Standard Grant (2006-2010) on examining “Canadian experience” for skilled immigrants, and aims to identify discursive representations of immigrants in English, Chinese-Canadian and (East) Indian-Canadian media, with particular attention to skilled immigrants and Canadian experience using discourse analysis. Further, the project will examine how representations of Canadian experience indicate the underlying understandings of the Canadian work place, especially focusing on the tacit knowledge. The proposed study will make a significant contribution to the field of Canadian immigration by making explicit the hidden/underlying context of social policy, service delivery and public responses to immigrants. This, in turn, will help re-examine and improve the current social policy and service delivery systems for immigrants.