Friday, November 18, 2011
A little word about the contradictions of Quebec society
Here is a short article about signs in Quebec, and how they always have to be in French. The author talks about the fact that Quebec is spending so much effort in forcing people to use French on the signs, while the rest of the world is racing ahead and not paying any attention this effort.
It is true that the efforts of some institutions in Quebec are simply "risibles" (a French word that means something like "ridiculous"). But on the other hand, there is always a need for some concrete action to preserve languages and cultures. Unfortunately, these actions should not be interdictions (interdiction to do this, to do that). They should instead be encouragements to keep a language and culture alive through action, through development and through creation.
Talking about how Asian and other cultures are mixing with Western cultures, how about this amazing piece: