Globalization strengthens commitment to language learning

03/17/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Los Angeles Times writer Cindy Chang tells the story of her relationship with Mandarin. Chang, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, avoided speaking Mandarin so as not to stand out from her peers -- before the days of emphasis on the global economy. Now the ability to speak another language is seen as a valuable skill, she writes, highlighting the lengths to which parents and communities are going to preserve foreign languages and cultures.

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