Asian Kids Work Harder (Legault My Ego)
Francois Legault, the would-be Quebec premier has compared the young people of Quebec unfavorably to Asian children.
Quebec's provincial election campaign is infinitely more interesting than Ontario's ever was, with this challenger to Jean Charest's Liberals providing most of the fodder. Last week Mr. Legault suggested secondary schools in that province be open from 9-5, a serious and earnest debate which, it would seem, would hit union problems in this province.
ALL ASIANS ARE...?
Legault, a former Parti Quebecois member of the National Assembly of Quebec (their legislature) is now leader of the newly founded Coalition Avenir Quebec, coalition for the future of Quebec. He has spoken (as in VIDEO below) not so much of sovereignty but of fixing Quebec's economy, education, health, etc., a message that could resonate with Quebec voters.
And now this. Legault said young Quebecers are more interested in the "good life" and could learn a thing or two from their harder working Asian counterparts. He later elaborated, "If you have kids they'll tell you (the Asian students) are always first in class. One of my sons was telling me, 'Yes, but they have no life." Last year a controversial paper in the U.S. concluded Asian-American high school students averaged 13 hours of study per week over a calendar year, while others were 5.5 per week or less.
Jean Charest accused Legault (pictured above) of pandering to stereotypes and that Quebecers are hard-working people who do good things, including the young people. Is Charest just pandering for votes and totally in denial or is he right?
As a side bar, Quebecers have become famous for protecting symbols of their culture against an onslaught of immigrants wanting to preserve theirs. Quebecers want to keep their cherised traditions but can't seem to allow or understand why, others keep theirs. It's a dichotomy.
Is this just another issue of Quebecers generalizing, spouting off on anecdotal evidence, or does Legault make a point? By the way, in a touchy society we ARE allowed to say things about ethnic groups. We are allowed to observe and make sociological statements. We can ask questions out loud. It's not necessarily prejudicial or intolerant. LEAVE COMMENTS.
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