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Kazakhstan: The Accidental Nationalist

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Kazakhstan, Citizen Media, Ethnicity & Race, Language

To Son Pascal [1], I say that if you really believe that Kazakhs should stop using Russian language in favor of Kazakh, if you really feel that you, a foreigner, can tell Kazakhs how to feel pride in their background, you’re playing with fire. And it’s not your fire to play with.

Matthew Kupfer on Registan.net argues [2] that the Italian singer who has made his name in Kazakhstan by encouraging [1] Kazakhs to speak their mother tongue “is wading into a debate that really is none of his business”.