Strike? What Strike? How the Writer’s Strike Isn’t Affecting Multilingual Audiences

The Writer’s Guild of American went on strike on November 5, 2007 after negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. The immediate repercussions: repeats and reality television shows. The longer the strike lasts, the more likely other people associated with the industry — costumers costumer designers, caterers, audio engineers — risk losing their livelihoods.

As sympathetic as may or may not be to the cause, a segment of the American population hasn’t even noticed that there is a strike going on — the polyglots.

At least 18% of the American population speaks a language other than English at home, according to the Census Bureau’s report on Language Use and English-Speaking Ability. These languages include (in order of language most spoken in the home): Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Italian, Korean, Russian, Polish and Arabic.

Though not on broadcast, for years cable and satellite channel providers have offered an array of multilingual programming. For the Spanish-speaking population aside from the leaders Univision and Telemundo, channels like Mun2, SiTV and LATV have finally begun to capture the

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One of the channels focused on the Asian American, AZN Television. Teresa Wiedel, AZN’s executive director of communication said that they do not track those figures. (more to come).

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