Culture Shock! Vancouver 30th Annversary Edition

Culture Shock! Vancouver 30th Annversary Edition

by Guek-Cheng Pang

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761458791
Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
Publication date: 03/28/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Vancouver vi

Chapter 1 First Impressions 1

Best Place in the World 2

Vancouver and Victoria 3

View from the South 4

Connections, Connections 5

Elemental Vancouver 6

Chapter 2 Close-ups of Vancouver 9

Lay of the Land 10

The Warmest Part of Canada 12

The Rough and Early Days 15

Economic Engines that Drive the City 17

The Powers that Be 21

Chapter 3 The Vancouver Mosiac 24

Those Who were Here First 25

Builders of the City 26

Tensions Within 36

Vancouver Vignettes 39

The Native Issue 43

Probing the Canadian Psyche 45

Chapter 4 Fitting In 57

Look Who's Coming to Dinner 58

Playing the Host 62

When the Party is Over 63

To Smoke or Not to Smoke 65

The Entertaining Business 66

The Club Scene 69

The Rainbow Connection 70

Passages of Life 72

Chapter 5 Setting In 76

A Place to Call Your Own 77

Your Own Little Patch 80

The Neighbourhoods 83

Let There be Light... Water and Heat 93

Get Connected from Home 97

Keeping It Moving 98

On A Grid 109

Health and Safety 114

Beyond the Doctor 120

Getting Newbies Started 121

Crime in the City 122

The Big One 125

Smartening Up 127

Forms and Facts 145

Chapter 6 Fusion Flavours 149

Burgers and More 150

Ethnic Adventures 152

And the List Goes On 156

Caffeine Culture 159

Cheers! 160

To Market, To Market 161

Choices, Healthy or Otherwise 168

Chapter 7 Enjoying Vancouver 170

Fun and (Mostly) Free 171

Out in All Weathers 175

Spectator Sports 180

Ways to Part with Money 182

Membership has its Privileges 193

Here's the Picture 200

Staging It 202

In the Know About Where to Go 205

Cinemascope 209

Arts and Music Festivals 210

Calendar of Festivals and Holidays 213

Year-Round, Non-Stop Fun 216

Chapter 8 Learning the Language 221

What is Canadian English? 222

English as a Second Language 225

Private Language Schools 227

Chapter 9 Working in Vancouver 228

Coming to Grips... with Work 229

Entering the Job Market 230

Solidarity 233

What to Expect at Work 234

SIN and Other Aconyms at Work 236

Alternatives to Stuffing Your Pillow 237

Getting Credit 240

Be a Volunteer 242

Starting Small 244

Coming to Grips... with Bureaucracy 245

Benefits (The Good News) 246

Taxes (The Bad News) 247

Chapter 10 Fast Facts About Vancouver 250

Famous Vancouverites 254

Acronyms 255

Culture Quiz 257

Do's and don'ts 262

Glossary 264

Resource Guide 268

Further Reading 276

About the Author 277

Index 278

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