Mandarin becomes the third most spoken language in the US

As China continues to develop into a global economic and political superpower, the nation’s soft power, in form of cultural exports, has gained traction in America. This is seen in that Mandarin has now become the third most spoken language in the United States after witnessing a rise of 360 percent over the past three decades, according to a latest report by the U.S. Census Bureau released earlier this week. English remains the most popular language, followed by Spanish.


Mandarin now the third most spoken language in the U.S.

The report, “Language Use in the United States: 2011”, which compiled language data across the country 2 years ago, shows that more than half (58 percent) of U.S. residents speak English plus another language at home. “This study provides evidence of the growing role of languages other than English in the national fabric,” said Camille Ryan, a statistician in the Census Bureau’s Education and Social Stratification Branch. “Yet, at the same time that more people are speaking languages other than English at home, the percentage of people speaking English proficiently has remained steady.”

The Census Bureau says that the growing number of Chinese speakers stateside is mostly reflective of a shift in immigration trends, with most people now emigrating from Asian countries while immigration numbers from Europe decline. It noted that however, more and more Americans are learning Mandarin for business and economic purposes. The Confucius Institutes, sponsored by the Chinese government for instance, are now prevalent in the U.S.

In New York, an elite private school located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Dalton School, is just one of many schools in the U.S. that have introduced Mandarin into the language curriculum. “It is one of the smaller programs [at the school], but it’s growing. Every year, our classes get bigger and bigger,” Lori Langer de Ramirez, Dalton’s language director, said. “This year, in fact, our Mandarin teachers have a much bigger classes compared to our other languages, it’s certainly growing interest.”


More Asians coming into the U.S. than other racial group of people

Aside from Mandarin, several other Asian languages have also seen big increase as America continues to be the top destination for Asian immigrants. As of 2011, Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines, Vietnamese, and Korean had each added over one million speakers, earning them a spot as one of the top 10 most commonly spoken languages in the U.S. alongside German and French. The 6 major Asian ethnic groups, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese, made up more than 84 percent of the Asian population in the U.S.

The United States of America has no official language at federal level, with states and municipalities left to decide their own functioning languages based on local needs. As the country’s population get more diverse, particularly with increased emigration from Asia, the U.S. Census Bureau expects to see this trend to continue in the future. “As we continue to be a destination for people from other lands, this pattern of language diversity will also likely continue,” Camille Ryan, the author of the Census report, said.

As a result of increased Asian immigration, ethnic enclaves such as Chinatown, Little Manila, Koreatown, Little Bombay and Little Saigon are growing fast. Today, there are around 40 areas in the United States in which Asians constitute the majority population.

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America? The country’s first Chinese-majority city shows no sign of it

As of last available census, in the year 2010, some of the Asian ethnics were also near to carving out their first ethnic majority city in the America; the Filipinos for instance, now formed 33.2 percent of the population in Daily City, California, and the Vietnamese making up 40.2 percent of Westminster, California. The first-ever Chinese-majority city in the United States has perhaps, already been built. The city of Monterey Park in California recorded 47.7 percent of its residents as Chinese in 2010, up from 43.7 percent in 2009 and is expected to reveal a Chinese-majority in the next 2011 census.

Monterey Park was a vision of Fred Hsieh, a Taiwanese immigrant and real estate developer who intended to build a “Chinese Beverly Hills” in America. Hsieh reshaped the community in mid-1970s as a successor to Los Angeles overcrowded Chinatown, absorbing the growing numbers of Chinese leaving Taiwan and Hong Kong for economic opportunities in the U.S. In 20 years time, he transformed the largely White and Latino city into Asian majority, the first in continental United States. Asians now make up nearly 70 percent of Monterey Park’s demographics.

Source:

http://www.ibtimes.com/chinese-speakers … rs-1379759

http://shanghaiist.com/2013/08/10/chine … in_usa.php

http://articles.latimes.com/1999/aug/12/local/me-65010

Let’s all learn Chinese together.

1 question.

they go America but feels more secure in their own racial enclaves, then why the ■■■■ they leave their motherlands in the first place.? :roll:

[quote=“gorshan”]1 question.
they go America but feels more secure in their own racial enclaves, then why the f*ck they leave their motherlands in the first place.? :roll:[/quote]
For better standard of living and “Liberty”. :slight_smile:

[quote=“gorshan”]1 question.

they go America but feels more secure in their own racial enclaves, then why the f*ck they leave their motherlands in the first place.? :roll:[/quote]

Because that is not their motherland :wink:

It can be their fatherland :mrgreen:

[quote=“gorshan”]1 question.

they go America but feels more secure in their own racial enclaves, then why the f*ck they leave their motherlands in the first place.? :roll:[/quote]

They did not leave their mother land in the 1st place. They were trick into better job in American back in the 1700 to 1800s ? (to build rail roads?) and also alot of them run to America as refugees because of the Tienanmen massacres? You know that playing “Gandhi” at that time still gets you a bullet in the head… so running away from the war is the best option. You see a lot of indian too migrating to america. You should know why they leave in the 1st place too.