Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Language is a critical part of our identity. Our language allows us to express ourselves authentically while also creating a connection to our countries, communities, families, and heritage. Language intersects with colonial legacies, economic privileges, and racial biases. In today's globalized world, local indigenous languages are in danger. In fact, every two weeks a language dies with its last speaker. This was almost the case with the Hawaiian language, until a community of second-language learners put up a fight and declared, “E Ola Ka ‘Olelo Hawai’i!” (The Hawaiian Language Shall Live!). Listen here to Code Switch to learn more!