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User currently offlineBAYTRACON From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 814 times:

I have always wondered this...
Why do Canadians sew the flag on their bags?
Is this just a sign that you like your country?

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User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 647 times:

I don't know.........

Although it is very common, in fact, I have one on my bag too.

It is the last ounce of patritizam(sp?) that Canada has left. You should see my grade 10 class "stand" for the playing of O Canada....


User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 640 times:

Methinks it's Canadians not wanting to be confused with Americans! Is this right guys? You don't want to be confused with us rambunctious (sp?), loud, fun loving Yanks?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

LH423



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 3, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 629 times:

Methinks it's Canadians not wanting to be confused with Americans! Is this right guys? You don't want to be confused with us rambunctious (sp?), loud, fun loving Yanks?

Actually, its more like not wanting to get shot in the head.


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 622 times:

Actually it has part to do with what CPDC10-30 said...

I knew a family who were Canadians and who lived in the U.S. Whenever they would travel they would wear maple leaf pins so, 'just in case' anything happened they would be thought to be Canadians and not Americans. They would also fly only the Canadian airlines whenever they could. They didn't want to be confused with Americans. I guess it is just the way they thought, and it made them feel safer. It actually sounds like a very smart thing to do............... 'just in case.'


User currently offlineJAT From Canada, joined Feb 2000, 1101 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 619 times:

Ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Those "proud" Americans pretending to be us inferiour Canadians, so they don't get killed because the rest of the world hates their country???

Americans?!?!?!?!

Hated?!?!?!?!?!

No?!?!?!?!?!



User currently offlineVariation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 613 times:

Hmm... When I was visiting in China last summer I was negotiating with a street saleswoman for something or other, and she pensively asked me, "Are you American?" Since I am British-Canadian, I responded, "No, Canadian." To which she smiled and lowered the price to the price I was asking for.
However, I think that saying we wear Canadian flags to differentiate ourselves from Americans is arrogant.
Why should we need to state that we are not American?
The entire world does not revolve around that one country.
Wearing a flag on their is just something people do.


User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 607 times:

I do realise that wearing your country's flag or symbol is something people to do to show pride in their country. The thing is that they actually said the they wore the Maple Leaf pins 'just in case.' They said it, I am not making that up.

I am not saying everybody does is it so they don't get 'shot' or whatever. However, some people, and probably a very limited number of those some people, do it for other reasons. In this instance they did it to distinguish themselves from Americans, making them feel safer when traveling internationally. And they did a lot of international travel too.


User currently offlineAC_A340 From Canada, joined Sep 1999, 2251 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 593 times:

Canadians always seem to get treated better when traveling abroad. Plus it is kind of tradition I guess. I have one on my bag.

User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 578 times:

Just for the record, I have never felt unsafe travelling, even sitting on a Yugoslavian train from Vienna to Budapest. I think, no matter what nationality you are, as long as you are nice, and courteous, etc you will get a positive reaction. I will agree that you are slightly safer by putting a Canadian flag on your bag, coz, let's face it, despite being UN and NATO members, and being involved in several wars in the past 100 years, Canada has never seriously pissed any nation off, making themselves a target.

However, for the record, even if I was Canadian, I still would not put a flag on my bag. Not to say I wouldn't be proud to be a Canadian, I just feel that it's no one's business where you're from, and if they have a problem with Americans, that's their problem and not mine.

The most unrealistic picture I ever saw was a picture of a backpacker at a French train station with a huge American flag on his pack. Granted, this was for French class, and one of the questions is to identify his nationality, but what American would ever do thatBig grin

LH423



« On ne voit bien qu'avec le cœur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux » Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
User currently offlineN766AS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (13 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 572 times:

Hmmm... I should remember to wear the American flag when I go overseas from now on....

User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4781 posts, RR: 23
Reply 11, posted (13 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 561 times:

Hehe...kind of funny though. It is a great way of meeting fellow canucks though. Just go to the eiffel tower in Paris and you'll see hundreds of maple leafs!

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