(…At least, I think that’s the title of the article! Reading not brilliant yet.) Article can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/38643071
A thought-provoking article, and a topic that I don’t see debated enough. I do post with caution, as I know things like this have the potential to invite opposing views, but I’m sure that we’re all mature and respectful enough here to debate without causing offence.
Apologies to anyone who can’t read the article in Welsh, but I can’t find an English version. It’s essentially focused around the author Jasmine Donahaye (herself from a Jewish background) who feels that we are dominated by a narrow view of what Wales is. She talks about how it felt to her when the 2011 census form didn’t allow her to class herself as both Welsh and from an ethnic minority, and talks about the lack of Welsh language resources that include the perspective of and cater for the needs of people from different ethnic backgrounds, religions and cultures. (I’m not offering comment on those things, just trying to explain what the article is about.)
It helped crystallise some thoughts I’ve been having pretty much all of my life, but especially of late. If we want the Welsh language to thrive and grow, the language and its culture surely has to appeal to everyone - to speak to the identity of all of the people who call Wales home.
What I wonder is: are there enough attempts to portray a multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic vision of Welsh-language Wales? Is ‘Welsh-language Wales’, if there is such a thing, by definition white? Should there be more effort to encourage people from different ethnic backgrounds to become part of Welsh-speaking communities? Is it an important part of reaching that goal of a million speakers?
I’d be very interested to know your thoughts. Is your view of ‘English-speaking Wales and Welshness’ ethnically very different from your view of ‘Welsh-speaking Wales and Welshness’? Is there an ethnically and culturally diverse future for the Welsh language and for Welsh-speaking communities? If so, what is the best way to achieve it? (Or perhaps you believe that it’s already here?)