Monday, August 2, 2010

Minority Languages in an Empire - 帝国里的少数民族语言

Recently, people in Cantonese speaking regions in China have staged protest against government's plan of broadcasting increasingly or exclusive in Mandarin.

The suppression of things of minority status there is breathtaking. I have never heard of any governors and party chiefs of the ethnic minority autonomous regions have bothered to learn the languages of the locals.

In view of that, the Hapsburg dynasty was positively enlighten, whose monarchs took it seriously to learn some, if not all of the native tongues of its many ethnic subjects, be it Czech, Hungarian or Serbian.

Almost one hundred years after the last Hapsburg monarch, couldn't people have done better?





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