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20 August 2016

Defying Web Censors, Chinese ‘Worship’ Toads to Mark a Former State Leader’s 90th Birthday

"While the toad's era was not free, it looked better than [Xi's] era...Chinese people worshiping the toad is similar to prisoners in confinement, missing their brief outdoor recess."

9 August 2016

Learn About Australian Rules Football, Animal Names and More in the Kaurna Language

Rising Voices

How do you say koala in Australia's Kaurna language? Karuna Warra Pintyanthi's video project teaches viewers that and much more.

5 August 2016

South Asia's Largest Wikimedia Conference Kicks Off in India

Rising Voices

Some of the noted guests addressing the gathering include Wikimedia Foundation's newly promoted Executive Director Katherine Maher and Punjabi-language poet Surjit Patar.

31 July 2016

Once, Students in the US Were Punished for Speaking Spanish. Here, They Are Honored.

This is Concurso Nacional de Deletreo en Español, the National Spanish Spelling Bee.

Japanese on the Move: Life Stories of Transmigration

What is it like to call two countries home? What makes migrants move in the first place and how do they settle in a new society? Where do they belong?

21 July 2016

One Children's Song, Translated Into Australia's Many Local Languages

Rising Voices

Australia's children are being invited to translate a song into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages for an internet video competition promoting linguistic diversity.

8 July 2016

‘Talking Dictionary’ Transmits Language of Japan's Indigenous Ainu People

Rising Voices

An online "talking dictionary" is attempting to preserve the Ainu language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants of Japan's northeastern island of Hokkaido.

13 June 2016

Talk of Spanish as an Official ‘Second Language’ Has Jamaicans Asking, What About Patois?

"English language must be taught as a second language. Let us take care of home before we look abroad."

23 May 2016

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

12 May 2016

Happy 50th Birthday to Rana, Masud Rana, Bangladesh's Very Own James Bond

"But for the 90s kids like me, Rana and Kazi Anwar Hussain are legends. I am indebted to them as they showed the world to me through those books."

27 April 2016

Eight Challenges Indian-Language Wikipedias Need to Overcome

The Bridge

While native-language Wikipedias are becoming game-changers in other parts of the world, India, in spite of having numerous languages, lags way behind. Here are a few of the reasons why.

20 April 2016

In Australia, Learning the Gumbaynggir Language Three Minutes at a Time

Rising Voices

Tune in to an Australian radio show to learn phrases in Gumbaynggirr language. If you happen to miss that episode, head over to their blog to read what you missed.

11 April 2016

Japanese Social Media Goes Gaga Over Anime-Style English Textbook

"After her middle school entrance ceremony today, my daughter came home with her new English textbook. Ellen Sensei is totally cute!"

1 April 2016

Two-Day Workshop Strengthens Ties Between Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Peru

Rising Voices

Peruvian digital activists working to promote their native languages online found common ground at a workshop held in the historical city of Cusco, Peru.

20 March 2016

Series of Animated Stories Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Mexico

Rising Voices

‘68 tongues, 68 hearts’ is an animated project aimed at preserving and sharing the indigenous languages of Mexico through a series of short animations narrated in the indigenous languages.

15 March 2016

Should Brazilian Students Study Portuguese Literature?

While some argue that respected authors from Portugal are being axed from the curriculum, others say priority should be given to the literature of Portuguese Africa and Latin America.

I Found My Voice in Spanish, a Language Once Used to Subjugate My Ancestors

In part two of her post, Shirley Campbell examines how Spanish is a language at once discriminatory and liberating.

5 March 2016

Poet and Activist Hanitr’Ony Discusses the Malagasy Language and Culture in a Changing World

An informal chat with the poet Hanitr'Ony on the Malagasy language and culture.

26 February 2016

Why It's Essential To Grow Indian-Language Wikipedias

The Bridge

With over 196 Indian languages on the verge of extinction, Wikipedia in Indian languages could potentially preserve and revive many languages.

25 February 2016

Why Are People Calling John Kerry a “Thug” Online?

As the Geneva 3 Conference kicked off on January 29, tens of thousands of tweets used the hashtag #KerryTheThug to condemn US Secretary of State John Kerry's comments on Syria.

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