THE NEXT AMERICA
Language as America's Glue
Updated: July 30, 2012 | 9:30 a.m.
July 27, 2012 | 10:33 a.m.
Few people disagree that the English language and the “melting pot” culture is indicative of American identity. But the language wars that have escalated in our schools, communities, state legislatures and courts are telling a different story; one that focuses on whether these new--and ever more prevalent--cultures and languages are threatening or bolstering English, and the nation’s future.
In the cover story for the summer issue of The Next America, writer Terry Greene Sterling looks at the swirling culture of Anaheim, Calif., a town heavily populated with immigrants working, learning and living alongside one another.