#LOL at Multiculturalism: Reactions to Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi From the Twitterverse

in Sociology of Sport Journal

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Courtney SztoSimon Fraser University

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Arguably, two aspects of national identity that Canadians are most recognized for are hockey and multiculturalism; yet, few scholars have examined the implications of Canada’s mythological and nostalgic hockey culture for immigrants from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. This analysis uses Twitter to gain uncensored insight into how Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi (HNIC Punjabi) is received by the general Canadian public. It is argued that when people of color become visible in traditionally white arenas (such as hockey) some Canadians are flummoxed by the sight of multiculturalism, while not necessarily being opposed to the idea of it. Laughter was also observed as a common reaction to HNIC Punjabi; consequently, despite the promise of a multicultural society, Punjabi Sikh Canadians are situated as paradoxical to hockey in Canada.

The author is with the School of Communications, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Address author correspondence to Courtney Szto at cszto@sfu.ca.
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