chapter  12
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The Foreign-ness of Native Speaking Teachers of Colour

I’m a Canadian-Filipino. By this description I am both Canadian and Filipino. But how is this combination really defined? I’ve been asking myself that question for the past 30 years and still haven’t arrived at a satisfactory answer. My parents emigrated from the Philippines in 1976 and three years later I became the first child from both sides of the family to have been born abroad. This was important as I would be the first of the family to have grown up being influenced by two different cultures.