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Old 06-03-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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NEW YORK – The Asia Society’s Center on U.S.-China Relations will solicit perspectives on immigration reform and the personal stories of legal and illegal immigrants in the Chinese community. The World Journal reports that the center will pass the information they received to the White House and Congress. Recently, the Center sent to Pres. Obama petitions supporting legalization for undocumented Chinese immigrants with 13,518 signatures it had collected.
Asia Society Collects Immigrant Stories - NAM (http://news.ncmonline.com/news/view_article.html?article_id=ec78916738215defaceb5 27b1ab9de8c - broken link)
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Old 06-03-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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I'm sure their stories are sad, and unlike the majority of illegals in the US it can be said that the Chinese really are fleeing abuse and oppression. However there are simply too many illegals overall to give one group a 'break' and not everybody else.

It is sad, but there you have it.
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:03 PM
 
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I mean, what next? Will the Chinese take to the streets demanding that everything be in Mandarin
Learning how to speak Mandarin is more important than learning how to speak Spanish in the international business community because China is an economic powerhouse while there is not a single Spanish speaking country on the planet that can be considered an economic giant.
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Old 06-03-2009, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
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Learning how to speak Mandarin is more important than learning how to speak Spanish in the international business community because China is an economic powerhouse while there is not a single Spanish speaking country on the planet that can be considered an economic giant.
How important learning a language is highly depends who you want to communicate with. I don't think that blanket statement like that is appropriate.

If you want to do any business with Latin America, or Spain, learning Mandarin would be close to useless.

This said, I wouldn't mind learning Mandarin in the near future since I already know Spanish.
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