“To defend the Vietnamese bilingual program is to be speaking in a register that is foreign to the education department and its experts, and to many of the new families moving into Footscray. It is to see language as deeply connected to people and places, and the learning of language as something more than a certificate to be put on a wall – more even than as a passport for the individual student.”
- An excerpt from Andre Dao’s Monthly article, A minor language.
Earlier in the year, we spoke to Tony Bui and Lana Nguyen about the axing of the Vietnamese Bilingual Program. This week we continue our conversation with writer, editor, researcher, and artist Andre Dao.
Learn more about the Viet Bilingual program here.