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May 21, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
An Asian immigrants rights group announced Saturday that it opposes legislation designating English as the country's national language. The Los Angeles-based Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California said the legislation being debated in Congress would demonize immigrants and would not be accompanied by an increase in funding for English classes.
February 20, 1996
Long Beach's Whittier Elementary School, the first California school to teach Cambodian children in their own language, has received a statewide award for its 6-year-old Khmer program. The California Assn. of Bilingual Education has recognized the school with its Seal of Academic Excellence because it recruited and trained Khmer speakers to become credentialed teachers, said Rosalia Salinas, president of the group. It hopes to encourage other districts to use the Whittier program as a model.
July 5, 2003 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mandarin speakers use more areas of their brains than people who speak English, scientists said in a study that provides new insight into how the brain processes language. The left temporal lobe of the brain is active when English speakers hear the language, but Mandarin speakers use the left and right lobe, which is normally used to process melody in music and speech, according to scientists at the Wellcome Trust research charity in Britain.
For half a century, Evelyne Villegas-Lobo saved six tattered loose-leaf pages bearing scribbled words from the language spoken by her mother, a Juaneno Indian. Only a few years ago, Villegas-Lobo turned the pages over to anthropologists and a few members of her tribe.
November 8, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A new report shows that California HMOs fail to provide proper language access policies and procedures to customers not fluent in English. Titled "California Health Plans and Language Access," the report is based on information collected by the Office of the Patient Advocate from California health plans. Of 13 plans that responded to the survey, only four said they provided face-to-face interpreters.
April 6, 2002 | DOMENICO MACERI, Domenico Maceri teaches foreign languages at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria.
In the mid-1700s Benjamin Franklin complained about German-English bilingual street signs in Philadelphia. Not much has changed in the U.S. about language worries. These days though, it's mainly Spanish that raises concerns. Letters to the editors of American newspapers about the importance of the English language are commonplace. One recent one stated that we should keep the heritage language alive at home; but when we go to the bank, shopping or work, we should speak English. To a large extent the reader was absolutely right.
Sometimes it seems as if all the good Web site names are taken. But that's only if you're looking for names using the 26 letters of the Roman alphabet (A-Z) and the 10 Arabic digits (0-9). Two companies that register Internet domain names are looking to expand their markets by offering names in Asian characters. Last week, Pasadena-based DotTV said it would start registering names ending in its ".tv" suffix with Chinese, Japanese and Korean characters. In two weeks, Herndon, Va.
January 16, 1996 | DIANE SEO
To meet the needs of their fast-growing Asian populations and to prepare students for jobs in the Pacific Rim, many schools are expanding their foreign language programs beyond the traditional European languages. Spanish is still the most popular language by far, accounting for more than a third of the state's foreign language enrollment. But Japanese and Chinese are the state's fastest-growing foreign languages, and other Asian languages are gaining ground.
August 8, 1991
Mayor Tom Bradley and Los Angeles Police Department officials this week hailed a 3 1/2-month program with AT&T in which 1,300 calls in 24 languages, including Korean, Farsi, Hungarian and the Hindi dialect of Gujurati, have been fielded by 911 emergency operators. Under the program, 911 calls from callers who neither speak English nor Spanish can be routed to AT&T's Language Line Service, where an interpreter becomes the third party on the line.
March 5, 1995 | LESLIE BERESTEIN
About 70 protesters from local Filipino groups, a labor union and other activists picketed last week in front of an Orange County nursing home that banned a union representative for speaking a foreign language at the facility.
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