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Re: Linguistic Decolonization
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2022, 08:24:40 pm »
This is something new!

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/deglobalisation-writing-wall-china-reversing-093000083.html

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In the last two months, staff at subway stations in the Chinese capital Beijing and the neighbouring city of Tianjin have been on a mission.

Signs and route maps with English names at the stations have come down and been replaced with ones with pinyin, or romanised, transliterations of the Chinese characters.

Instead of maps pointing out the stop for Tianjin Binhai International Airport, the directions are now to Binhai Guo Ji Ji Chang. Beijing Railway Station is now referred to as Beijing Zhan, and Olympic Park is Gaolinpike Gongyuan.


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Re: Linguistic Decolonization
« Reply #16 on: June 01, 2022, 08:55:57 pm »
Here is an almost cartoonish exhibit of colonization:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/joining-asian-american-sorority-taught-130016209.html

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I was raised in a primarily white community in Southern California. Instead of feeling proud of being Chinese American, all I wished was for my hair to be lighter, my eyes rounder, my skin a slightly pinker shade.

I grew up feeling out of place. I tried to blend in as much as possible through clothing, music and food choices. But still I would be reminded that I was “an other.” Kids would pull their eyelids back with their fingers and make sounds they thought mimicked the Chinese language. A student told me to go back to where I came from. I deflected idiotic questions ― why I didn’t have an accent, why my family ate with chopsticks ― by shrugging instead of challenging the askers. These microaggressions chipped away at me, forming the foundation of how I viewed myself.

Just the usual Eurocentrist so far. Then what?

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In my second year of college, a roommate asked me to pledge an Asian American sorority with her.
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Chi Delta Theta was the first Asian American interest sorority at the university.

Why is it named using Greek letters FFS?! Answer: you are still a Eurocentrist!




Epilogue:

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In 2021, given the rise in violence against Asians during the coronavirus pandemic, I took my family to a protest against AAPI hate. My husband, who isn’t Asian, asked why I suddenly wanted to protest.

(Photo: Courtesy Of Joanne Saunders)

Does anyone feel confident guessing the ethnic background of her husband?

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A couple of weeks ago, my son told me another student called him a derogatory name in reference to his Asian appearance. It hurt to know that our society hasn’t come that far since I was a child.

Neither have you!

See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/issues/reproductive-decolonization/

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Re: Linguistic Decolonization
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2022, 08:08:25 pm »
How colonized is South Korea? Take a look:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/sounds-cooler-english-south-korean-000159635.html

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South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol’s “unnecessary” use and praise of English has some citizens alleging he has a “complex.”

Yoon has been heard using English terms on several occasions, even when the events did not call for a mixing of languages.

In a meeting on June 10 with the leaders of the ruling People Power Party, Yoon brought up a name change for Yongsan Park, a newly opened former Korea base for the U.S. Forces.

While suggesting a new name, the president said, “When you say ‘National Memorial Park’ in English, it sounds cool, but when you say ‘Gukrip Chumo Gongwon,’” referring to the Korean equivalent of the name, “it doesn’t, so I don’t know what to call it in our country’s language.”

In another incident on June 8, Yoon spoke about how “In advanced countries like the U.S., former ‘general attorneys’ are widely positioned in politics and government,” saying “general attorneys” in English.

Yoon’s seemingly unnecessary inclusion of English in his official statements have sparked debate in South Korea as to whether the new president is showing bias toward the U.S. and the West more broadly.
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In another speech, Yoon pledged to make Busan Port an international, massive “megaport,” with the last word in English again, despite “megaport” not being a familiar term to most Koreans.

Main opposition Democratic Party of Korea Representative Cho Eung-chun stated on an MBC radio show that Yoon appears to have “some sort of complex about English,” adding that the president had mentioned Justice Minister Han Dong-hoon’s fluency in English as one of the first reasons for picking him.



Yoon also looks like what we would expect:



See also:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/questions-debates/south-korea-white-korea/msg8949/#msg8949

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Re: Linguistic Decolonization
« Reply #18 on: August 18, 2022, 05:45:48 pm »
"White" linguistic fragility:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/why-bend-over-backward-man-230655154.html

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In Damaso’s clip, the man can be heard lecturing the women to speak in English because they are in Canada. When Damaso approaches them and calls the man out for being a racist, he repeatedly denies being one. At one point, he claims be a lawyer.
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"If we have to bend over backward to accommodate, then that's a problem. Why do we have to bend over backwards? You move to Japan, you speak Japanese."

Firstly, this is Canada, not England. Secondly, this is how the Western colonialists treated the pre-existing local languages:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_Canada#Indigenous_languages

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the residential school system attempted to institutionally exterminate languages and cultures from coast to coast to coast. The genocidal methods (such as physical and sexual abuse, as well as death rates as high as one in twenty children[69]) resulted in a sharp declines in language use across all nations,[70] including amongst deaf and signing communities.[71]

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A. WHY is he even listening in on a PRIVATE CONVERSATION that he is not a part of?
B. why did he feel the need to interject himself into a private conversation when there is no immediate emergency of life threatening situation
c. the women were not even talking to him but he feels it’s all right to interrupt them
d. then he TELLS THEM WHAT TO DO even though he is not a representative of the state nor has that authority
e. even is he happens to have authority, speaking non-English in a public space is not against the law

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Because that is what privileged, old (middle aged in this case), white men do.

In short, nothing has changed since the residential school era.

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Why? Because he hates people of Asian descent on sight. That is what racists and bigots do. After all, he is ok with French for some reason...

Good point. The English-speaking settlers never tried to eliminate French from Canada, nor vice versa. This proves their motives had nothing to do with principled belief in monolingualism. As I have previously observed, rightists actually love multiculturalism, but only when all the cultures involved are "white".

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I don't understand this mentality. Why in the Blue HEEELLLLL does anyone care what language another person is speaking if they aren't part of the conversation? The sense of entitlement to be able to eavesdrop on the conversations of total strangers?

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I'm very confused.  In what way did he have to bend over backwards to accommodate them?

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"Bending over backwards"???? Hey Chief... it is not your obligation to participate in a stranger's conversation. In fact, you're mostly likely not even welcome to do it.

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Exactly. Poor guy, he's such a victim.

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Next time just keep taking and start laughing at them, and keep speaking louder and start slapping your knee  while laughing louder.

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Then point at his 'southern region' and wiggle your pinkie.

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Re: Linguistic Decolonization
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2022, 03:18:48 pm »
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11301335/Schools-branded-racist-trying-improve-pupils-vocabulary.html

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Ian Cushing, lecturer in English and Education at Edge Hill University, believes tackling the ‘word gap’ – the difference between the language range of typical middle class and working class or disabled youngsters – has ‘colonial’ roots.
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schools were characterising pupils from ethnic minorities and low income families as ‘deficient and limited’ because they ‘failed to meet benchmarks designed by powerful white listeners’. The study claims that common interventions, such as encouraging pupils to speak in full sentences and use standard English, are ‘tethered to colonial logics’ and blame marginalised pupils and their families for their ‘apparent failure to use the right words’.

This was trivially understood back in the Counterculture era:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MePgt0odLBA