Saturday, November 2, 2013

On Language and Being "American"

The Washington Post ran a nice piece about how first-generation immigrant children lose their native tongue, and then try to relearn it to communicate with their immigrant parents. While the article focuses on Chinese immigrants, it strikes me as being a more universal immigrant generational experience in 21st century America.  This quote observes that “the attitude . . . f Americans . . . . is that [immigrants] maintaining their language and culture [are] un-American," a sentiment found in the United States for at least the last century.


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