April 1, 2012

Article: Online Tool Aims To Save Hmong Language

From http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/03/26/2283667/online-tool-aims-to-save-hmong.html#storylink=cpy

Online tool aims to save Hmong language
Hmong translator latest effort to preserve culture.
March 26, 2012

When Phong Yang, a Hmong refugee from Laos, landed in California's Central Valley -- via stops in Thailand and France -- he was 14 years old. He learned to speak Hmong from his parents, but today he has a hard time teaching the language to his children, who are distracted by cell phones and computers.

Many Hmong are losing their language, Yang said, leading to fears that their cultural identity will be lost.

A new technological tool may help bridge generation gaps and encourage preservation of their language among the Hmong. The community in Fresno, in partnership with researchers at Microsoft, has launched an online Hmong translator.

Read more here: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/03/26/2283667/online-tool-aims-to-save-hmong.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy

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