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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Celebrating Diversity

Today, the weather wasn't the greatest but it didn't actually rain! We try not to miss at least one day of Surrey's Fusion Festival. Getting there by taking the SkyTrain is easy as Holland Park is a quick walk from the end of the Surrey line.

We got there in time for the Sri Lankan cultural dancers. The Festival has three main stages for a variety of cultural shows. Many booths are run under the flags of different nations. These represent some active immigrant communities in the Lower Mainland. A main attraction is the foods sold through a ticket system. Some tents have tourism information or items for sale from the particular area.

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We weren't there a very long time. As I was watching the Peruvian dance troop, a Chinese guy wearing a Sikh turban stood next to us. It seems a very Canadian value to encourage immigrants not to cast aside their former identities to adapt to a new country. Respecting and even enjoying each others' diversity is a core belief. I am very comfortable not wanting everyone to jump into a homogeneous melting pot.


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