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Immigrant vs Belonging - Tom Corcoran

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Emily Burton (EB): So do you see yourself as an immigrant?

Tom Corcoran (TC): I see myself as belonging here as opposed to there. I don’t know what that means. Do I see myself as an immigrant? No. I never felt like an immigrant.

EB: Now why do you think that is?

TC: Because it was so comfortable to be here, so easy to be here, I don’t know. I certainly don’t have to, you know—I work at the college here now, and I watch the college try to help immigrants become part of this society and it’s a real chore: language barriers and all sorts of colour barriers, everything. I had none of those. I spoke the same language in a funny way (laughs) to some people but I had none of those issues.

Oral History 14.05.07TC with Tom Corcoran
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21