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Sounds Familiar…

January 24, 2011

I caught this article on the New York Times this evening, and it sounded strikingly similar to my own experience (follow the link to read it).

The shadow of Russian influence is certainly still visible here–any building more than ten years old carries that “socialist mystique,” which is to say, a complete lack of mystique. Both English and Russian are required languages for secondary school students, and most of Mongolia still uses the Cyrillic alphabet for daily communication, though there is now a major effort to resurrect traditional Mongolian “Uighur script.” It’s quite beautiful, and is now a fundamental part of the nation’s secondary school curriculum. Young Mongolians often take the learning of the script as a source of national pride, and I have more than a few students that always sign their names on homework assignments in both the English alphabet and in Mongolian script.

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  1. Molly permalink
    January 26, 2011 1:10 am

    I’m taking a class on Japanese and Chinese calligraphy this semester. It is half art historical lecture and half studio art class. I have to turn in both a research paper and a traditional ink painting (and a carved seal, for good measure) at the end of the course. If you remember me struggling through my lone studio art class sophomore year, you probably know how much trouble I am in. The professor is also a master of calligraphy. Yikes! Scary, but it is already so fascinating.

    Anyway, the Mongolian script looks beautiful.

  2. February 6, 2011 7:28 pm

    Todays NYTimes travel secton….sunday the 6th….had Mongolia as one of the last unspoiled places to vdsit… also says watch out…..the big hotel chains are on the way…..did not realize how small the population of the country was…..

    Go Steelers

    Big Al

    • February 8, 2011 2:13 pm

      I did see that Al! Can’t say I’m surprised. This country is changing, fast. It’s amazing to be here to see it happening right in front of me.

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