If no Republican politician communicates to Spanish-speaking groups in their language of choice, the Republican Party will have a harder time earning their support.
Every night, Ellen’s bar is filled with the chatter of people speaking foreign languages. There’s some French, some German, but mostly English. Donald Trump would be able to find a lot of people to chat with there, but most locals wouldn’t, because Ellen’s is located in China.
Living in China for the past three years has given me a unique vantage point from which to view the “English-only” debate Trump’s candidacy has raised. Trump has attacked Jeb Bush for speaking Spanish on the campaign trail, and at the September 16 CNN debate, Trump said, “We have a country where, to assimilate, you have to speak English.”
I first came to China in 2011 for one semester to study abroad, and our teachers encouraged us to make a Chinese-only promise.
We were studying Chinese, after all, so speaking it would be a good way to learn. Most of my classmates, however, spoke English whenever we were together outside of class, so I quickly decided to spend less time with them. I instead hung out with a few serious students and made a lot of local friends. So I understand what Trump means when he thinks it would be best to speak English in the United States of America.
What Language to Speak Is Our Choice
I am one of those deeply integrated expats other expats might consider a snob because I speak Chinese all the time. I don’t know for sure, because I never meet those expats. I avoid the bars that are crowded with foreigners. I kid (only slightly), but introducing these facts is necessary for context.
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