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Huang, Carrie – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
Having lived in Oakland's Chinatown all her life, the author is proud to say that she loves her language--Cantonese. She is grateful that she can speak such a language, that she can use this skill to converse with her elders or peers, and that she is able to connect with others so lovingly, like her mother did on the streets of Chinatown. She has…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Sino Tibetan Languages, Chinese, Chinese Americans
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Herrera-Pazmino, Alma – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
The author moved from Guatemala to California with her mom. In this article, she talks about the challenges of learning English. She needs to learn English to take care of her mom until her "papa" comes to take care of them. If she knows English she can help her mother with the groceries and answering the phone. She can also teach her…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Barriers, Migrant Problems, Migrants
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Li, Mei-Hua – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
In this article, the author describes the opportunities she had for putting her cultural and language skills to use. She shares her experiences at the Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment (A-VOYCE) program and at the Participatory Chinatown project. The author never thought that learning about her identity and using what she…
Descriptors: Empowerment, Multilingualism, Language Skills, Immigrants