Abstract. This study aims to determine how a part of the Romanian participants in the debate on an online discussion forum perceive the cultural differences between themselves and the Canadians. We focused mainly on the discussion forum Hotnews.ro, which had over more than a year only one subject (topic) discussed both by the Romanians in Romania and by the Romanians who emigrated to Canada or other countries, in Europe or North America. The topic was "I want to return to Romania from Canada. Can you give me a piece of advice?". In terms of methodology, the analysis of the discussions on the online forums is based on the communication approach, and especially on the theory of distance, defined as a desire to enhance its features by emphasizing the differences between the "foreigners." pp. 265–272


Keywords: online, cultural, Romanian, Canada, discussion, forum

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