Dave Pollard blogged about Michael Adams’ book, Fire & Ice: The US, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values. I have been thinking about some of the differences between Canadians and U.S. Americans. I installed a widget for 940AM all news station out of Montréal just to get some insight into what issues Canadians talk about. I’m hoping to make a visit in the spring to work on an article with Sharon Peters (of WOW2.0 fame).
Included in Pollard’s post is the link to the Fire and Ice survey. He provides a clear visual of the 4 quadrants and one showing the trends between 1992 and 2000. So, where do you fall? Of course I took this and here are my results:
I’m a Closet Canadian – you can see my green dot in the lower right quadrant. Phew, maybe I can blend in with the locals in Montréal. I just hope no one speaks to me in French … I’ll probably answer in Spanish.
I plan on adding this to the battery of surveys that I have my undergraduates take in preparation for discussing multiculturalism. As we U.S. Americans become more isolated, it is imperative that we take a look at ourselves in comparison with other countries and cultures.