“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

China's Linguistic Impoverishment: Focusing on 'Cash Crops' too?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/26/world/asia/singapore-language-hokkien-mandarin.html?mcubz=1

“Singapore used to be like a linguistic tropical rain forest — overgrown, and a bit chaotic but very vibrant and thriving,” said Tan Dan Feng, a language historian in Singapore. “Now, after decades of pruning and cutting, it’s a garden focused on cash crops: learn English or Mandarin to get ahead and the rest is useless, so we cut it down.”

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i stopped reading nytimes since none of my hometown folks READ it anyhow.

susan, August 29, 2017, 8:59a.m.

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