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Researcher awarded for study of immigrants

November 23, 2014

Chinese professionals immigrating to Canada would do better with some cultural preparation, such as learning to appreciate ice hockey, says a researcher from Royal Roads University.

Daniela Tuchel, a master’s graduate from Royal Roads School of Culture and Communication, studied the experiences of Chinese immigrants to Canada. Tuchel concluded culture shock can be a barricade to success for them.

Cultural difficulties for immigrants could be as simple as not understanding Canada’s national obsession, hockey, or not wanting to appear too wise, she said.

Tuchel also heard foreign certifications and work experiences are often met with distrust in Canada. So immigrants often take jobs beneath their qualifications.

Tuchel’s research earned her an award this past week, the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation — Masters. It was presented in Ottawa on Tuesday.

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