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Offline kimmy

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An outsider reflects on Canadian life.
« on: October 25, 2019, 03:50:36 am »
A Hong Kong student staying in Toronto has been posting his thoughts about living in Canada, and the results have gone viral.
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'I urge all Canadians to read this and to feel real fear,' one journalist wrote about Shoji Ushiyama’s deadpan tweets on the unsettling horrors of living in Canada

The most important piece of Canadian culture produced in 2019 first appeared online Monday night at 10:55 p.m. For several hours thereafter it unspooled without attracting much notice. Tweet after tweet. Drip by drip. It unravelled. Eventually, inevitably it began to spread.

By Wednesday morning it was everywhere and it was drawing rapturous praise. Writer Rebecca Tucker called it “the greatest work of Canadian literature that has ever been written.” National Post contributor Terry Glavin described it as the “best Canadian thing on Twitter ever.” Neil Gaiman, one of the most popular novelists alive, found it. So did venture capitalist Paul Kedrosky.

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/hong-kong-student-living-in-toronto-strikes-a-nerve-on-twitter-with-eerie-observations-about-canadian-life

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2019, 11:27:53 am »
The young fella has talent...   hope he stays and calls Canada home.  We need people like this.

Of course the comments at the bottom of the National Post article are absolutely horrific.  All I can do is hope they're bots and not actual Canadians.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2019, 12:38:57 pm »
The young fella has talent...   hope he stays and calls Canada home.  We need people like this.

Of course the comments at the bottom of the National Post article are absolutely horrific.  All I can do is hope they're bots and not actual Canadians.

Toronto is turning into quite a place.  The young people I meet constantly blow my mind...
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2019, 12:44:21 pm »
Some of his posts are funny.  Not sure why it's news, or the leading story on a national newspaper website.  Guess they got to report something.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2019, 01:00:29 pm »
Some of his posts are funny.  Not sure why it's news, or the leading story on a national newspaper website.  Guess they got to report something.

Because it's "viral".  Why shouldn't it be reported on? 

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2019, 05:37:39 pm »
Because it's "viral".  Why shouldn't it be reported on?

News is news, no problem someone writing a story on it.  But it's weird that it's the featured #1 headline on a national newspaper site.  But whatever,
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2019, 02:20:53 pm »
But it's weird that it's the featured #1 headline on a national newspaper site.

Not sure in this case, but often the headlines are automatically ranked according to clicks/likes, etc. Rubber necking defines our lives.
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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2019, 02:32:10 pm »
Canadians have always been overly interested in how others see us, so this Hong Kong student's observations appeal to that aspect of our national psyche.

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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2019, 09:19:08 pm »
Canadians have always been overly interested in how others see us, so this Hong Kong student's observations appeal to that aspect of our national psyche.

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National inferiority complex.  Desperately seeking outside validation....or something.

**** this Hong Kong biatch.  Just kidding, his tweets are funny.  But really, i've stopped caring how others see us.  I used to.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2019, 10:07:25 pm »
National inferiority complex.  Desperately seeking outside validation....or something.

**** this Hong Kong biatch.  Just kidding, his tweets are funny.  But really, i've stopped caring how others see us.  I used to.

How others see us directly impacts how they do business with us. And I certainly don't see much evidence of a "national inferiority complex". I can't recall how many times I have entered far flung foreign countries and when I presented my Canadian passport I was on my way, no questions asked.