China’s Manchu Speakers Struggle to Save Language – David Lague
From International Herald Tribune:
Seated cross- legged in her farmhouse on the kang, a brick sleeping platform warmed by a fire below, Meng Shujing lifted her chin and sang a lullaby in Manchu, softly but clearly.
After 5 children, 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, Meng has the confidence that comes from long experience. “If you sing like this, a baby gets sleepy right away,” she said.