The Race to Save the World’s Disappearing Languages

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Every two weeks a language dies. Wikitongues wants to save them.

Many of the world’s most remote languages are in danger of disappearing. Here, neighbors in the Altai mountains in China craft a new pair of skis. The range connects Russia, China, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan, making the threatened Altai language an unusual blend of dialects… NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Hijab-wearing woman among Apple’s new emojis

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The hijab emoji was approved in November last year [Courtesy Apple]

US tech giant Apple has previewed forthcoming emojis, including one that depicts a woman wearing a hijab.

More than 12 animated symbols were unveiled on Monday to celebrate World Emoji Day and will be released on Apple devices later this year, the company said.

“The new Emoji make it easier for users to express themselves with greater diversity, additional animals and creatures, new smiley faces and more,” Apple said in a statement… ALJAZEERA

Constance Wu: Asians And Asian-Americans Are Not The Same

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Asians and Asian-Americans are very different, and actress Constance Wu wishes that more people in the media, film and TV industries realized that.

In an interview with Allure Magazine this week, the star of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” opened up about her experiences as an Asian-American actress. The only characters Wu said she was offered early in her career were supporting roles, like “the best friend or the assistant to the white person,” she told the magazine…THE HUFFINGTON POST

Being Black in China

“People were staring at us—and snapping pictures.”

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Of all the countries we’ve visited as a family, the hardest, by far, was China.

A series of missteps on my part meant that, after a 13-hour flight, we found ourselves in a very non-touristy part of Beijing, at a “hotel” that was more like a businessman’s rental apartment. Within a few hours, we were already wondering if our plan to spend a month there had been a huge mistake.

The next morning, our bad mood was emboldened by torrential rains—but after a harrowing ride with a cab driver to whom speed limits were merely suggestions, we finally arrived at the Forbidden City. We had taken shelter under the cover of one of the arched gates and were waiting for our guide to arrive when we noticed something.

People were staring at us—and snapping pictures… NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

The Ins and Outs of Diversity in the Dominican Republic

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Then again, who would identify with their African-descent in a country that reveres the very man who colonized it? Yes, the Dominican Republic is filled with Christopher Columbus statues and tributes everywhere but I dare you to find the same amount of monuments or statues in Santo Domingo in honor of their African ancestors.

Not as much, right? Which brings us back to the photo that UsDominicans posted.

The white population in the Dominican Republic isn’t as prominent as blacks but they still exist. In facts, whites are one of the four ethnicities in country which are descendants from French and Spanish settlers and others from Germans, Hungarians or Americans.

This attitude matters even more so because Dominicans are one of the major immigrant groups from Latin America to the United States. That’s about 1.5 million and counting. And, of all the Latino immigrant groups, Dominicans in the U.S. are the most likely to identify with country of origin. Now if that doesn’t spell out pride I don’t know what does… LATINA MAGAZINE

Our Lady of Guadalupe Is a Powerful Symbol of Mexican Identity

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Elena Rubio, a teacher in Brooklyn, New York, was five years old when she first heard the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“It was on a family trip to Mexico,” she recalled. “Back then, I couldn’t figure out whether the Virgin Mary and this lady were the same person. Then my mom told me that Our Lady of Guadalupe had appeared in Mexico, and I was totally intrigued. I was fascinated, because it seemed to be a real thing, something with proof left behind.”… NBC

Peru airs first Quechua news program

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Photo: Facebook/Andina

This morning, Peru premiered its first all Quechua-speaking news program.

TV Peru will begin transmitting “Ñuqanchik” (“Us,” in Quechua), a program produced, directed and presented by journalists whose primary language is Quechua. It will run weekdays at 5:30 a.m…www.PERUTHISWEEK.com