A Chinese Cartoonist Documents Their Immigrant Experience


CBC’s got an article about a Chinese cartoonist living in Montreal who drew some comics about her experiences living in Canada’s most French-speaking province:


Since moving from China to Montreal five months ago, Zoe Qiu has been documenting her immigrant experience the best way she knows how — by making comics.

The comics, which Qiu has been posting on Instagram as “La vie au Québec,” touches on everything from “bonjour-hi” at the pharmacy to debating whether Canada is a French-speaking country.


The following, depending on the context you view it in, looked a bit fishy to me:


These challenges include trying to learn French. Several of her comics touch on some of the so-called land mines of the language.

“It is already driving me crazy,” she laughed. “French makes the words into male and female — everything has its gender!”

Qiu, who draws herself with rabbit ears, said she understands that French is important in Montreal and is making the effort — something other immigrants can empathize with.


As it so happens, the Hebrew language does the same, as do Italian and Spanish, to be sure, and many far-eastern natives who come to Israel and do business in the local language are aware of this too. After spotting this, I’m beginning to wonder if the CBC put that there deliberately out of political correctness in a climate where social justice activists are trying to take gender out of everything for political correctness. If they did, that’s troubling.

Other than that, I think the lady’s got a great idea doing these cartoons on Instagram to tell what life is like in the Great White North. I just wish it were being told through a better news source.



Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1