Wednesday, September 30, 2015

At a Beijing radio station, a little Hindi, Urdu and Tamil

How a few men and women from China Radio International are reaching remote corners in the Indian subcontinent.

Zhang, whose "Hindi name" is Shanti, is an intern at China Radio International (CRI). One day, she wants to be on air for the state-owned broadcaster's Hindi service department, which currently has 17 members — only three of them Indians. In a country where even English is used sparingly, a building full of Chinese men and women fluent in Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Bengali, Nepali and Sinhali — the six languages the CRI broadcasts in the Indian subcontinent — can take some getting used to.

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