Language Death in Action

Language Death in Action

Glimpsing the Dying Heart of Humanity In the middle of the wedding, my friend’s grandma, a short, stocky, but strong aboriginal Taiwanese woman in her 80s, went up on stage. She grabbed the microphone and, after a short introduction in Mandarin, the dominant...
Fearing Homogenuity

Fearing Homogenuity

When I was 19, I prepared for my first big trip abroad, to study abroad in France. For me, it was the chance to finally see the world. I’d traveled abroad before – a few times, in fact, but mostly to the same place, India. Europe, then, was a great...
Life, Though a Book

Life, Though a Book

I scanned the entire bookshelf of the library at Birch Coffee, a true New York City gem. The sign clearly said, “Take a Book, Leave a Book, or just Take a Book.” I didn’t have a book to leave – though I was certain to bring one when I returned – but I...