The Canadian Alternative, 1980. 110 pp.

The Canadian Alternative

Éditeur: ECW Press, Toronto

ISBN: 0-920802-16-8


Hédi Bouraoui, cité dans la York Gazette 10 :31 (May 9, 1980) : 1 :“. . . between ethnicity and total assimilation there is a third alternative, and that is the pursuit of an enlightened, tolerant policy of Transculturalism. . . . [This] involves integrating various groups in a humanistic way, and arousing their curiosity about each other so as to build bridges between peoples.”

Alexander J. Matejko, dans Canadian Ethnic Studies/ Études ethniques au Canada XII : 3 (1980) : 155-56 : “According to Bouraoui, transculturalism should be applied as a positive alternative to either melting pot or mosaic and multiculturalism is a suitable way to avoid the homogeneity and conformity dictated by manipulated mass culture. It is necessary . . . to enrich the understanding of ethnic cultures beyond an appreciation of dance, folklore and food, as well as to transcend factionalism.”

Paul E. Blower, dans Canadian Materials 10: 1 (n.d.): 5:“ . . . it is well to be reminded of multiculturalism’s concern for the human rights of both groups and individuals . . . ; a greater sharing and appreciation of other cultures may ultimately lead to the development of a Canadian alternative which, as Bouraoui suggests, is neither melting pot nor mosaic.”

Beth Greenwood, dans Canadian Author and Bookman 57: 1 (Fall 1981): 33: “Its topics range from an examination of early Canadian history to an expression of hope in Christianity as a unifying force in the country, and this diversity of viewpoint is the collection’s strongest feature.”

George F. Theriault, dans Explorations in Sights and Sounds (Summer 1982): 5:“In the concluding essay, ‘Unity and Diversity in a Transcultural Context,’ Bouraoui is an eloquent critic of ethnicity as well as of assimilation.  He is an ardent advocate of transculturalism, which he sees as tolerance, the acceptance of the otherness of others.  ‘If we grant everyone the right to be different,’ he concludes, ‘we will benefit from cultural enrichment and construct a unique, creative, tolerant Canadian identity.’”


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