High School Confidential

New slang and new self-awareness for native teens in Vancouver high schools

Seven native teenagers stand under a bus shelter bench at Commercial Drive and Broadway in East Vancouver. The teens toss jokes back and forth. Some smoke, others pace around. They gesture and talk....

Ethnic segregation a reality for Vancouver high school students

“Birds of a feather flock together,” says a senior at St. George's, the city's all-boys private school, when asked why his peers segregate along ethnic lines during school assemblies. He could...

South Asian students on 'Frenchies,' ethnic cliques and the new cool

Ninth graders Amita, Anuja, and Laleh* identify “The Frenchies” as the cool group who reigns supreme at Sir Winston Churchill Secondary. The group's nickname refers to French Immersion students – a...

Ethnicity, immigration, and becoming Canadian in Vancouver's high schools

"FOB? What's that?" Fred Lin* says that he doesn’t know the difference between “FOB” and “Honger.” He asks his friends if there’s a difference. Someone cracks a joke in Mandarin, causing the two...