Spotlight on Tagalog, in the Northwest Asian Weekly

Submitted by Chris Carr on

An op-ed in the NW Asian Weekly shared the growth of Southeast Asian and Korean programs at the University of Washington.

Asian communities in Washington are changing, and our state's century-old Asian languages department must change as well. Comparison of the U.S. 2020 Census results with the previous 2010 Census demonstrates that Asian demographics in our state and region are undergoing dramatic changes.

Increasingly, the nature of Asian Studies programs at major research universities like the University of Washington (UW) is shifting to embrace the perspectives of Asian American communities. Indeed, some languages—Tagalog being the prime example—are now taught within the American Ethnic Studies Department because of their connection to "the lived experiences of communities of color in American societies".

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