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Written By: Robin Lakoff on September 17, 2012 No Comment

The world of the early twenty-first century is one divided by factionalism and suspicion, and connected by new channels of communication that are uneditable, instantaneous, and anonymous. Therefore the most important thing a modern president must know in order to be effective is how to use language,  both interpretively and actively, both domestically and globally. […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on June 20, 2010 2 Comments

Foreignness-emotionally charged-is boundless in its capacity to otherize, peripheralize, and silence. It is not limited by the very same boundaries it seeks to draw-the boundaries may be lifted, readjusted, shifted, moved…one can be enforeigned in different ways, through different lenses, lenses that seek to capture the external, in ways that-ironically-internalize the object of foreignizing. We […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 18, 2009 4 Comments
At what price “free speech”?

Reading a provocative post entitled The Abortion Amendment by fellow FITizen Prof. Robin Lakoff on the newly started Berkeley Blog, I was reminded of an event that rattled me a few weeks ago on campus. Berkeley Students for Life (BSL) apparently invited the more→

Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on November 9, 2009 No Comment
Marathi: The Indian “national language”?

The newly constituted Maharashtra Assembly in India was the site of an eventful brawl when Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) workers prevented Samajwadi Party legislator Abu Azmi from taking his oath of office in Hindi: as soon as he began taking the oath, the workers snatched his mike and attempted to shred the […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on April 11, 2009 2 Comments

One of the major news stories doing the rounds of the blogosphere and the “Internets” is the recent Rick Warren interview on CNN’s Larry King Live. The interview yielded answers from Warren that seemed in direct contradiction to his very recent earlier stance on California’s Proposition 8 (aimed at “illegalizing” gay marriage).

Here’s […]

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Written By: Youki on February 26, 2009 3 Comments
The negotiation of non-negotiable identities

In a recent talk by Claire Kramsch, she said: “Transcultural competence is not the bland coexistence of multiple cultures under the happy banners of diversity. It is the much more risky circulation of values across historical and ideological timescales; the negotiation of non-negotiable identities and beliefs.”  


What does it mean to negotiate the […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 21, 2009 2 Comments

This past Thursday, I attended Language Matters: Strengthening Asian and Pacific Islander Language Education at Berkeley. The stated aim of the event, according to the program brochure, was “to promote the creation of majors and minors for marginalized API languages like Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Tamil, Vietnamese, Khmer, etc, and to promote labor equity for […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 15, 2009 4 Comments

Bitter culture wars played out over Valentine’s Day in India, as the New York Times reported.

Sri Ram Sena, the über-religious right-wing Indian political outfit, had announced their intentions to “disrupt Valentine’s Day celebration as it is against Indian culture.” The disruption, they said, would be targeted against schools and colleges, […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 9, 2009 2 Comments

I revisited Conservapedia today-the “conservative” Wikipedia-like site, to see how they had updated their entry for President Barack Obama (how sweet the sound!) since his election. I had visited the site earlier during the campaign season, when linked to by a liberal blog, for laughs. In going back, I was struck by the […]

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Written By: Youki on January 10, 2009 3 Comments

Usree Bhattacharya recently wrote about a BBC article that graphed the frequency of words in President Bush’s last eight State of the Union addresses.   One of the things I noticed was a high frequency of the words “child”/”children” in his 2004 SOTU address.  “Children” being a rather ubiquitous word, I thought […]

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Written By: daveski on November 2, 2008 2 Comments

Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development is talked about so much in language and literacy classes around here that it’s easy to forget what it means from the first-person perspective: an experience of learning with the help of more capable others, becoming able to use language and other signs in ways that you didn’t know you […]

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