Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Living in America Without English

From, via Drudge Report:

In ethnically diverse Los Angeles, many immigrants find that learning Korean, Spanish or Mandarin is more important than English.

Manuel Aliga, a Peruvian immigrant, has spent years studying Korean. He runs a store that sells soccer supplies in Koreatown.

At the beginning, English was very important -- and it still is, if I need to go to a government office or court or get a license, Aliaga told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Aliaga began learning Korean because he worked in Korean owned groceries and wanted to talk to his employers and customers. Now, he needs to communicate with his own customers, suppliers and other business owners in the neighborhood.

But he has also become an admirer of Korean ways and now spends his spare time studying Korean history.

Martin Paik, a Seoul native who emigrated to Los Angeles by way of Argentina, does not speak English. He writes a column on conversational Spanish for the Korea Times.

In California, Spanish is more important than English, Paik. "I haven't found any inconvenience because I don't speak English.

Get a load of that last sentence. The fact of the matter is, American culture is based on English. All the primary documents of America Government (the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, etc., Supreme Court findings) are written in English. The libraries of our major universities are made up of books which are overwhelmingly written in English. The language of the stock exchange, and the various centers of financial power is English.

So, no matter how one feels about multiculturalism, it is clear that anyone who does not learn English is LOCKED OUT of these important institutions of power. If we allow areas to grow within our cities where foreign cultures grow as cultures within a culture, where they become little windowless mondads within our culture, impermeable membranes floating through culture but adding nothing to it and taking nothing from it, then we are setting up the conditions for future conflict.

If we don't do something about this problem, this non-English-speaking immigrant culture will continue to grow, and become more powerful within it's own sphere. It's economy will be largely separate. It will develope it's own institutions, beginning with churches and insurance cooperatives, and gangs/police. Eventually it will grow to the status of a nation within our nation. At that point we would be faced with the spectre of having to attempt to swallow an entire culture whole. As that is impossible, war would break out.

The answer in my opinion is to put a long, but temporary halt to immigration. This would give us the time and resources to begin to deal with the situation in front of us. We could develop systems and tools to reach out to the existent immigrant communities and help them to assimilate, help them become Americans. This would be the compassionate and wise thing to do.

The fact of the matter is, if we do not protect American culture, then America will eventually cease to exist. American culture is indeed a fluid and ever-changing culture. It is a melting pot. But, it is contained within a pot. It has a formal structure. If American culture loses strength over time, then immigrant culture would be likely to govern in the manner of the countries from which they came. Does that sound like a good prospect for the world?

If America ceases to exist, then there will be no America to immigrate to.