All Chinese students who speak Chinese with each other in a German state school will be warned and under serious circumstances be expelled.
In this specific case, Chinese students are not allowed to speak Chinese during lunchtime when other German students are present. Besides lunchtime, Chinese is not allowed during breaks either.
All Chinese can speak German. The fluency May vary from individual to individual, but all Chinese students have achieved B2-level certificate.
Can it be considered as racism? And why?
All answers would be appreciated. Many thanks.
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- Thread Starter
- 21-02-2018 06:48
- 21-02-2018 06:50
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- 21-02-2018 17:42
I wouldn't say it's full on racism, but I do agree that it is wrong to do.
- 21-02-2018 17:47
It's definitely discrimination if it's only the chinese students who aren't allowed to speak their own language.
- 21-02-2018 21:49
First of all, let's consider is a language a matter of race? If we're discussing differences between human languages because I have no doubt that many animals have languages of their own.
But humans are all biologically able to speak any other human language, if only they have learned it. So it's not a matter of race, but culture, then it's not racism. We would need to find another name for it
I guess the idea behind this law, is to force pupils of different nations, to use the official language of the country, to make sure they will be compatible to the rest of society.
Of course, it does not guarantee a success, but that's the least they can do, to make sure they speak in a language that everybody in the country can understand.
Or consider traditions perhaps. In my country of origin, we believe it's rude to speak a language that cannot be understood by other people in the company.
For this reason, when I meet other Poles and eg. Chinese same time, I speak English, so everyone can understand what I say, even If I speak specifically an information dedicated to the Polish because it would be impolite to conceal information from others or taking away a chance to share the conversation from them.
- 21-02-2018 21:54
Its probably to help with integration and ease social awkwardness, i.e. people are naturally suspicious when people around them start speaking a language they don't understand, I doubt there's any racist agenda behind it