Discourses of Skilled Immigrants and Canadian Experience: An Intertextual Analysis of English, Chinese Canadian, and Indian-Canadian Media

Principal Investigator

Izumi Sakamoto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto


Rupaleem Bhuyan, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto; Jane Ku, Women’s Studies/Sociology & Anthropology, University of Windsor; Lin Fang, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Research Coordinator

Daphne Jeyapal, Ph.D. Candidate, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto

Research Assistant

Heidi Zhang


SSHRC Standard Grant & CERIS: The Ontario Metropolis Centre (2010-2014)

This research project builds on the Principal Investigator’s previous SSHRC Standard Grant (2006-2010) on examining “Canadian experience” for skilled immigrants, and aims to identify discursive representations of immigrants in English, Chinese-Canadian and (East) Indian-Canadian media, with particular attention to skilled immigrants and Canadian experience using discourse analysis. Further, the project examines how representations of Canadian experience indicate the underlying understandings of the Canadian work place, especially focusing on the tacit knowledge. The proposed study will make a significant contribution to the field of Canadian immigration by making explicit the hidden/underlying context of social policy, service delivery and public responses to immigrants. This, in turn, will help re-examine and improve the current social policy and service delivery systems for immigrants.


Canadian Experience in the Media and Public Policy
(CERIS Research Seminar)

Friday January 6, 2012, 12:00-2:00pm
Room TR321, Centre for Addiction and Metal Health (CAMH), 33 Russell Street (Russell and Spadina)

Izumi Sakamoto (University of Toronto), Rupaleem Bhuyan (University of Toronto), Jane Ku (University of Windsor), Lin Fang (University of Toronto) & Daphne Jeyapal (University of Toronto)
Debbie Douglas Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Servicing Immigrants & Salimah Valiani Policy Analyst, Economist, Ontario Nurses’ Association

Patricia Landolt, Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Students’ Voices (Students’ take on CERIS/CRS seminars and other events): You say I need some of that “Canadian experience”, eh?

Research Summary

Understanding “Candian Experience” in the Media and Public Policy (Izumi Sakamoto, Rupaleem Bhuyan, Jane Ku, Lin Fang) (PDF, February 2012)