Sunday 13 March 2011
The French diaspora and the Quebecker expat
My wife found yesterday some information about some French language group doing activities in the area. I went on their website, thinking that it might be fun to have something to do after my acting course, but I didn't feel this was for me. As I mentioned here, I don't feel French, for one, and apart from the language I don't think I share all that much with France. I know I did say in the past that I wanted to keep in touch with the French speaking community and this would be a good way to do it, heck it would be the best way to do it, but apart from speaking French with natives, which I miss often enough, I don't feel like doing all those other community activities this kind of group is centered on: watching French films, listening to French music, etc. I can do this on my own. And again, I am not French so do not feel the same attachment to French culture. Oh there is another more pragmatic reason why I probably won't join: it is about an hour away from home and I cannot see myself spending more time on trains in the evenings on a semi-regular basis. But it is mainly because of a cultural détachement. If there was such a thing as a Québec diaspora around here, I would be an enthusiastic member.