Friday, October 22, 2010

Linguistic Protests

I'm not that sympathetic to the Tibetan cause, but here's a protest I can get behind — Language protests spread among Tibetan students. "Demonstrations have spread among Tibetan students angered by reports that Beijing plans to make Chinese the only language of instruction in schools." (Linguistically speaking, the weasal words "reports that" are clearly problematic.)

In Malaysia, I taught a group of Bangladeshies (I affectionately remember them as my "Bangla Boys") who often spoke of their country's pride in being the only nation to have fought a war of independence over language (much to the dismay of the lone Pakistani in the class; the Taiwanese guy was clueless). How those young Muslims sang the praises of Hindu Rabindranath Tagore!

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2 Comments:

Blogger Constantine said...

Heh. Mandarin, to be precise. There were similar protests in Canton province a while ago.

7:01 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the clarification. I posted about the Cantonese protests.

12:14 AM  

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