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Chinese replace minority languages, oral traditions

Feb. 15 (themaneater.com): Due to modernization and globalization, many Chinese folk traditions are dying away as standard Chinese replaces local dialects, and younger generations in China are being raised without backgrounds rich in local tradition, said Mark Bender, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University, in a lecture on disappearing folk traditions in the southwestern region of China.

“Every place you go they speak different dialects, have different customs, different languages,” Bender said. “You can travel around and just experience so many different ways of living.

“When you think of all the oral traditions in the world, they dwarf literature.” said John Foley, director for The Center for Studies in Oral Tradition.

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