According to Wikipedia
Multilingualism is becoming a social phenomenon governed by the needs of globalization and cultural openness.What I don't understand is a one-size-fits-all approach that assumes that if folks in the local area are not English speakers, they are Spanish speakers.
Take our local Sears at Stadium Plaza (granted, in Tewksbury, on the northern fringes, but still a Lowell store). Even when it was K-Mart and clerks were from Cambodian families, the second language was Spanish.
Entrance to the Sears at Stadium Plaza
Closeup of Sears Entrance
So, I went to the 2010 Census data and Lowell has 21,513 people of Asian ethnic heritage and 18,396 who noted themselves as being Hispanic. We also had 3,867 who claimed to be of two or more races.
So, my question is, is Spanish the "default" second language and if it is, by consensus, should it be? I actually have no firm answer in my mind, but am looking for other thoughts, aside from the predictable "if they can't speak English the heck with them".
For enquiring minds, yes, I was in there purchasing something Sunday morning at about ten.
Regards — Cliff