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Asian American Youth Translate for Parents

Sing Tao Daily, News Report, Posted: Jun 24, 2009

NEW YORK A study, "Recording Voices: Stories of Asian Pacific American Youth as Language Brokers in New York City," by the Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, found that children play critical roles as translators for their parents. According to the Sing Tao Daily, the study, which interviewed many Bangladesh, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Nepal Tibetan and Vietnamese families, found that half of the youngsters have to translate medical documents or information for parents who know little English, and over 80 percent of them need to translate school notes. Yongkang He, executive director of the Coalition, said 12 percent New York City population is Asian. Among them, 28 percent of families rely on children under 14 years old to do the translation on a daily basis creating an unreasonable burden on them. He said the Asian community needs more translation resources to lift the burden off the kids.


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