Today in hockey, the US men defeated the favored Canadians 5-3, and some of the locals seem no longer happy to see Americans sharing their sidewalks or drinking establishments. Late last night, on my walk to the apartment, I heard a reveler yell at my back, “Yankee, go home.” Today, after the hockey game, a group of American tourists boarded my train wearing loud USA colors and garish hats, laughing. In reaction, some Canadian students on the train began a vulgar cheer, and I began to feel uncomfortable and tried to hide my USA credential.
Only a small minority of Canadians in Vancouver is acting out, but it is still a bit of a shock to hear the United States slandered by our neighbors to the north, in a manner that would have been unbecoming from a communist satellite country.
I understand that the Canadians might still win the hockey gold medal, and that might improve the behavior of the hooligans, but it’s hard to erase today’s activities from my mind.