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Re:language barriers

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Sandra Evans (evans.edu)
Fri, 28 Mar 1997 22:56:54 -0600 (CST)

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I also have a similar background as Betti's. My parents (both from South
Louisiana) were punished if they spoke French in school. they only spoke
French at home. Consequently, they would not teach me nor my siblings
French. Although I could not speak my grandmother's language (my father's
mother spoke only French, understood English, but would only converse in
French) - (my mother's mother made a strong effort to speak only
English), yet I could understand my father's mother well. Part of this
denial of heritage led to a loss of our culture. There has been a
"renaissance" of "Cajun" culture ( a misnomer since there are a multitude
of cultures which are wrapped up in the label of "Cajun" - Creole being
one).I understand the value of learning a language which everyone can
communicate with (why I'm in art), I also understand the value of
culture.The concept of America being a "salad bowl" as opposed to a
"melting pot" is valid - but the salad dressing should be a common
language and heritage - We're all Americans, but we bring in a variety of
flavors to the country. We are unique in this, we have no culture
wars (i.e., Slavic countries, Nigeria, etc.). We must teach
multiculturalism to understand our past so we can accept our future together.

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