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Of Consuls and Impressions

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The title Consul is used for the official representatives of the government of one state in the territory of another, normally acting to assist and protect the citizens of the consul’s own country, and to facilitate trade and friendship between the people of the country to whom he or she is accredited and the country of which he or she is a representative.

I know a bit about consuls. My “second dad” has been one for the French government for years. Generally they’re there to assist the citizens of the country they represent in dealing with matters involving either the host country and the country of origin, attend functions, and generally present the nation they represent in a positive light to their host country.

Now suppose the following article had appeared in El Cachania, an Spanish-language newspaper in Ensenada:

Many Americans increasingly feel unwelcome in Baja because of a perceived anti-expatriate sentiment, and some are looking back home, the U.S. Consulate General in Tijuana says.

“What I’ve found is that in our communities, with few exceptions, there’s a sense that Baja California is not friendly toward expatriates, that they don’t feel welcomed and that they encounter this feeling of, ‘I don’t like you but I need you,'” Edward Adams said during a recent interview in English.

I offer that the reactions would be

“Shouldn’t a consul be able to speak the language of the host country?”

“It’s arrogant for the consul to be conducting the interview in English in Mexico!”

“Not exactly a good way to put your case on a positive footing.”

So why do we have this?


Written by PappyBro

November 23, 2008 at 21:09

Posted in Media, Politix

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