Speaking Like A State


What happens when three-quarters of a nation loses its mother tongues by government order? 

In this story for the Sunday New York Times, I look at Singapore a half century after the government banned the use of dialects in favor of Mandarin Chinese, which were the mother tongues to most of the population. The result: cultural destruction and an inability to communicate between generations.

Category: New York Times, Traditional Values, Literature, Civil Society, Project Civil Society, 
Posted by: ian
Aug 27, 2017