May 26, 2018

Non-English speakers feel hesitant to use their first language

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Native speakers of languages other than English have grown increasingly hesitant to use their primary language in public settings in the U.S., due to "nasty looks" and judgement, the Associated Press reports.

The big picture: President Trump's rhetoric towards immigrants and his tough America-first policies may have started to resonate around the country. And speaking another language "can risk drawing unwanted attention," per the AP, despite being considered a huge advantage for things like job opportunities in the U.S.

What's happening: Viral videos of people expressing racist ideas, such as a widely-viewed and criticized video of a New York lawyer ranting about restaurant workers speaking Spanish instead of English, are increasingly being shared across social platforms.

  • About 20% of people five years old and older speak a different language than English at home, per the AP; 60% of people in the U.S. say they speak another language, but also know English "very well."

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Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

China tries to contain coronavirus, as Apple warns of earnings impact

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As China pushes to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus — placing around 780 million people under travel restrictions, per CNN — the economic repercussions continue to be felt globally as companies like Apple warn of the impact from the lack of manufacturing and consumer demand in China.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 1,775 people and infected more than 70,000 others, mostly in mainland China. There are some signs that new cases are growing at a slower rate now, although the World Health Organization said Monday it's "too early to tell" if this will continue.

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Apple issued a rare earnings warning on Monday, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China.

Why it matters: Lots of companies rely on China for production, but unlike most U.S. tech companies, Apple also gets a significant chunk of its revenue from sales in China.