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‘I Don’t Write From the Margins’: Author Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankham Thammavongsa, author of the Giller Prize–winning short story collection “How to Pronounce Knife,” creates immigrant characters who defy expectations. “They don’t want to learn to speak English and fit in,” she tells NCM’s Baisakhi Roy.

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Agencies Ask Newcomers to Settle for Less

Many immigrants who come to Canada in the skilled workers class, find it difficult to get employment that matches their education and skill level. Seeking help from Canadian settlement agencies, many find that the agencies instead encourage them to settle for jobs they are overqualified for because of a lack of ‘Canadian experience.’

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‘Butter Honey Pig Bread’: A Sumptuous Story of Love, Food and Forgiveness

“Butter Honey Pig Bread,” a debut novel by Francesca Ekwuyasi, is a cosmopolitan story of a multi-generational family that mixes the ancient Nigerian myths of the Igbo and the Yoruba people with scenes of contemporary urban life in Nigeria, England and Canada.

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Recent Deaths of Indian International Students Point to Disturbing Trend

Two recent cases of death by suicide among Indian international students in Canada have shed light on a disturbing trend, which seems to have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Concerned community members want students to know that they are not alone with their problems.

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How the NOC Puts International Graduates in Vulnerable Positions

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) system categorizes jobs based on skill level and occupation. But requiring specific NOC jobs for work permits and permanent residency is making it difficult for new graduates and their partners to stay.

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Fans Bid Tearful Adieu to “Kim’s Convenience”

What makes Canadian immigrant life real? The cultural quirks, the fun amidst everyday struggles, the multi-generational adjustments? “Kim’s Convenience” has been all this and more. As the curtain falls on a show loved by people around the world, NCM looks at what makes “Kim’s” special and why shows like that should be the norm rather than the exception.

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