For Hispanics, think beyond language

As this article notes, language use and language preference varies dramatically based on generation in the US and level of acculturation. When it comes to reaching Hispanics, using Spanish-language advertising might seem like a no-brainer. But according to a new study from Simmons Research, a New York-based tracker of consumer behavior, that’s not necessarily the […]

Linguistic follies

In this article in the Economist, the author describes the somewhat suprising down-side of English as the global language of business: that it may hurt business by making it difficult to find speakers of “less glamorous European languages”. IN RECENT years Brussels has been a fine place to observe the irresistible rise of English as […]

English Spanish translation challenges local offices

Here is another story about the challenges of and need for providing professional translation. I cut the story down, but you can read the entire article here. There were two paragraphs that need to be pulled out that speak to the importance of professional translators: A cursory survey of documents provided in Spanish by various […]

Candidates lost in Chinese translation

How about this problem… Translating English candidate’s names into Chinese characters so that non-English speakers can vote without assistance. However, transliterated Chinese characters can have various, and sometime unpleasant meanings. Quality translation is important, and not just for presidential candidates. Hope Chu of the Organization of Chinese Americans says hers is a tonal language in […]

The futility of classifying ourselves by race

What does it mean to be Latino of African-American? The author of this article rightly notes that many people, rather than identifying themselves with just one racial or ethnic identity, instead feel that they belong to three: their mother’s, their father’s and their own unique blend of heritage and experience. For most people, that’s fine […]

Spanish Language Skills Are a Double-Edged Sword

Cultural barriers in the workplace occur at all levels, from entry-level employees to the top of the company. This article on speaks well to the challenges of hiring employees when we don’t understand how to probe the language and cultural skills that potential employees bring to the hiring process. Spanish Language Skills Are a […]

Immigrant Disease

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Latinos' growing clout has seized candidates' notice

With the rising influence of the Latino worker means a greater need for awareness and understanding of cultural and language issues. Latinos’ growing clout has seized candidates’ notice | Chicago Tribune WASHINGTON — Until this summer, the cooks, waiters and housekeepers of Las Vegas usually didn’t see many contenders for the White House until well […]

New Americans Policy Council- Summary of Recommendations

Summary of the recommendations :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State The New Americans Policy Council emphasizes strategies that empower immigrants and refugees to participate to the fullest extent possible in our economic and civic life, while fostering social cohesion with their new neighbors. The Policy Council focused first on the challenge of integrating large […]

Perils darken a shadow economy | Chicago Tribune

Safety in the workplace is of utmost importance, particularly for an immigrant workforce with little or no access to health care. The following article explores the harsh realities of the U.S. immigration situation and its effects on the undocumented immigrant workforce and the American health-care system. Perils darken a shadow economy | Chicago Tribune Illegal […]

Fear of retaliation trumps pain | Chicago Tribune

This article provides another example of the serious effects of employers’ failure to address language barriers and safety standards. Fear of retaliation trumps pain | Chicago Tribune Deaths, injuries on the job soar for illegal immigrants Before the accident, he had warned the owner of the small Diversey Avenue dry cleaner that the pressing machine […]

A hauling overhaul | Chicago Tribune

As the federal government takes steps to strengthen national security, these decisions will have serious implications for immigrant workers, businesses, and consumers throughout the U.S. The following article explores the potential impact of a plan to check port worker’s IDs. A hauling overhaul | Chicago Tribune Plan to check port workers’ IDs may have big […]

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