How Do You Say Nicholas D. Kristof In Your HCN Language?
This is a terrific piece by Peter Hessler (China 1996-98) that is on the website of The New Yorker as of today, March 15, 2010. Peter takes on NYTIMES writer Nicholas Kristof and his piece the other day that stirred a lot of interest among RPCVs who have been there, done that, and know how to say more than “doorknob” in their host country language. Read it, and if you haven’t read Warren Wiggins’ comments about what the founders of the Peace Corps were trying to do 50 years ago, read his comments, too. And also, if you are taking a class from John Brown at Georgetown University, give him an F. He’s like a lot of those foreign service officers we know overseas. You know, the ones we called, “dumb f****! in our host country language. Here’s Peter’s piece: “Here’s a one-word language test to measure whether someone really knows a foreign country and culture: . . .Read More
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