VANCOUVER, British Columbia, December 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Asia Pacific is the current epicenter of global economic growth, innovation and talent. While Canada envisions deeper engagement with the region, it is essential that we assess Canadian perspectives and knowledge of Asia – particularly among young adults – to ensure that Canada keeps pace with the changing global dynamics, now and in the future.
In this context, the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada 2021 National Opinion Poll: Canada’s Generational Perspectives on Asia (2021 NOP) is a thematic survey that analyzes Canadian perspectives on Asia-Pacific while exploring the generational gap between critical questions. The survey identifies gaps in Canadians’ awareness of Asia and effective ways to address these gaps to better inform future engagement of government, business and other stakeholders.
According to our 2021 NOP, polling 2,592 Canadian citizens and permanent residents across the country, most Canadians believe that Asian technology, immigrants, culture and economic growth will have a positive impact on Canada in the ten to twenty years. coming years. Seventy percent think technology and innovation in Asia will have a positive impact, 62% think the same for immigration from Asia, 58% for the influence of Asian cultures and traditions on Canada and 57% for economic growth in Asia-Pacific.
We also found that our younger generations, especially millÃ©niaux have very warm feelings towards Asia than older generations of Canada, while the majority of Canadians of all generations believe it is important for the Canada’s future to develop skills on culture, society, languages, protocols and religions – although younger generations are more likely to believe that this is true.
Interestingly, while 15% of all respondents identify as being of Asian descent, 29% of Gen Z (18-24) identify as being of Asian descent. Canadians of Asian descent across survey report higher interest in and awareness of Asian culture, languages ââand current events, and express warmer feelings towards Asia than Canadians who do not share Asian heritage.
APF Canada’s 2021 NOP also found that 70% of respondents across all age groups had too little or no exposure to Asia in high school, while 46% of respondents who said they wanted to know more about Asia believe that an increased emphasis is placed on teaching Asia. in the Canadian education system would be an effective method of educating Canadians about Asia and Asians.
Our latest survey also looked at languages ââand found that 13% of Canadians are fluent in at least one Asian language. The majority are Canadians of Asian origin, with younger Canadians being more likely to speak an Asian language than older generations. And, although younger generations are more enthusiastic about learning an Asian language than older generations, 70% of all Canadians said they would be open to learning an Asian language.
“Canada’s younger generations are considerably more diverse than our older generations in terms of ethnicity and lived experiences of multiculturalism,” said President and CEO of APF Canada, Jeff Nankivell. âAs our latest survey shows, these young Canadians have a heightened awareness and enthusiasm for engaging with Asia and Asian peoples and culture. This bodes well for Canada as we seek to strengthen and build relationships in this dynamic and growing region.
“It is important to note that the NOP this year also highlights the important work underway to build capacity in Asia here at home,” added Nankivell. “It helps to identify gaps in Canadians’ awareness of Asia – and effective ways to address these gaps to help prepare young Canadians to the realities socioeconomic changing in Canada and the global economy.
Highlights of the 2021 POL: Canada’s Generational Outlook on Asia include:
- 15% of all respondents identify as Asian Canadians.
- 29% of Gen Z (18 to 24) identify as Asian Canadians, compared to less than 6% of respondents aged 55 and over.
- Across the survey, Canadians of Asian origin report increased interest in and awareness of Asian culture, languages ââand current events, and express warmer feelings towards Asia.
- Young Canadians (under 34) are generally more interested in learning more about Asia, but over 50% of all respondents say they are interested or currently engaged in learning more about food, history or culture. Asian tourism.
- 70% of all respondents say they had too little or no exposure to Asia during high school.
- Of those respondents interested in learning more about Asia, 46% said that an increased focus on teaching Asia in the Canadian education system would effectively raise awareness of Asia and Asians.
- 13% of Canadians are fluent in at least one Asian language.
- Among those who can speak an Asian language, 70% know Cantonese or Mandarin (Chinese), about 21% speak Hindi and 15% speak Punjabi.
- When asked which languages ââCanadians would like to learn the most from English or French, Chinese, including Mandarin and Cantonese (12%) and Japanese (6%) are second and fourth choice, behind Spanish (46%) and Italian (8%).
- 70% of Canadians believe that technology and innovation in Asia will have a positive impact on Canada’s future, 62% think the same for immigration from Asia, 58% for the influence of cultures and Asian traditions on Canada and 57% for economic growth in the Asian region.
- Almost half of Gen Z and Millennials believe it is “important” or “very important” to understand Asian society and culture for Canada’s future economic growth and social diversity, compared to about 35 % of two older generations.
- Notably, twice as many Canadians of Asian origin think that understanding Asia is “important” or “very important” for Canada’s future economic growth and social diversity compared to the rest of the respondents.
The full survey results are available at www.asiapacific.ca
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