One Game Dad 13: Minority Status Report
A straight white middle class man can be a minority!
In a very odd context. And no I'm not talking about living in some drastically different country. I'm talking about living in one of the whitest countries in the world - Finland. In case you aren't aware, I'm an immigrant. And that makes me a minority...
So does the fact that I speak Swedish and not Finnish. Swedish being the other official language of Finland, of which only approximately five percent of the population speaks. The Finland Swedes are what's known as a cultural minority, rather than ethnic minority. And I having integrated in Swedish and being married to a Finland Swede am part of that community.
The question of if I'm a Finland Swede or can even become one is something I addressed in a previous project for Kommunförbundet. That podcast is called The Duck Pond and is available for download.
That all aside, Finland is not a great place for minorities. There's a level of deafness here with regards to issues faced by minorities of all varieties be it ethnicity, religion, gender or sexuality. And it's something that continues to hamper attempts at integration and employment. To such an extent that immigrants have a 25% higher unemployment rate.
So today's episode is about being an immigrant and a minority while still passing as a local and the privileges that come with that. All while playing some more Destiny 2. You can find this week's episode as usual on Twitch, Youtube, Stitcher and iTunes.