What is the difference in terms of language situation between Ukraine, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada? Why should Ukrainian government take measures to implement nation-building language policy principles and cease the ongoing russification processes? What is the real idea behind the “protection of Russian-seaking Ukrainians”? Why in a country where 68% of inhabitants declare Ukrainian to be their mother language, Ukrainian is currrently almost absent in the strategic communication spheres like government, press and finances?
Watch the video to get the answers from Yuri Shevchuk, a Language and Media Scholar and lecturer at Columbia University. He is talking about language policy in Ukraine, asymmetric bilinguism, post-colonial identity and russification.