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Where Strangers Become Neighbours

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Fear, anxiety, even hostility are typical reactions to immigrants in this Age of Migration, in the New World as well as in Europe. How do people develop an everyday capacity to live alongside those perceived as different, strange?

Our story explores this contemporary global social issue by looking at one neighbourhood in the city of Vancouver. Collingwood, a predominantly Anglo-European community until the 1980s, has been transformed by the arrival of large numbers of Asians, Africans and Latin Americans. A neighbourhood that, just 20 years ago was locking its doors, afraid of change, and telling immigrants to go back where they came from, is now a welcoming place for everyone.

How did this happen? How do strangers become neighbours?

2007, 49 min 59 s