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jayeless
jayeless

Interesting article on Catalan nationalists joining the Esperanto movement early last century. Designed to a universal second language, Esperanto defended the right of regional minorities to use their own language, and offered opportunities for them to showcase their culture.

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hhyu
hhyu

@jayeless That is very interesting. Somebody told me that there is (was?) a very large number of Esperanto speakers in China, because there was a time when the internationalism of Esperanto appealed to the Chinese communists.

jayeless
jayeless

@hhyu I've heard the same thing about Esperanto in China! It has declined a lot from its peak now, but I think China still has one of the largest Esperanto movements, certainly in Asia. The language has a long history with leftist, internationalist groups elsewhere around the world, too.