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June 19, 2012

[SSJ: 7526] Re: teaching of Japanese threatened in University of Gothenburg

From: Krauss, Ellis
Date: 2012/06/19

I'm sorry, but I had Google translate the petition language and it says nothing about Chinese (or Japanese). All it says is:


"Because of the Faculty of Arts plans to close subjects Russian, Italian, Greek and Old Church Slavonic, University of Gothenburg conducted here a petition for all of us who see and understand the language's value.
The name list shall be forwarded to the president and faculty leadership. For more info, see:
http://www.dn.se/kultur-noje/sprakundervisning-i-fara-v
id-goteborgs-universitet"

I understand your fear that other languages might be next, and I think that closing down Russian at least is shortsighted, but I personally am not supporting opposition to the languages named, but rather to Chinese and Japanese so did not sign. Please let us know once there is a threat to Asian languages too.
Best regards,
Ellis
Ellis S. Krauss
Professor,
Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies University of California, San Diego

Approved by ssjmod at June 19, 2012 11:24 AM