August 13, 2008
Language Isn’t Only Problem
We all respect the governor's experience garnered during three visits to China as he explained a "language problem" regarding a Mandarin version of the expression "human rights." He stated it "really means personal empowerment." Yet hundreds of thousands of Chinese are still in what they euphemistically call "re-education camps." Millions more have died or just disappeared during the years of ongoing dictatorial oppression. Perhaps the governor should take note of another translation, the Russian phrase, "Glavenoye upravlenye lagerei." That is the phrase from which the acronym GULAG -- the well documented Soviet labor camps -- is derived.
James F. Oshust
Salt Lake City
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