Mother Tongues

For many children of immigrants, speaking their heritage language can feel like one of the few ways of maintaining their cultural identity, being born and living away from their motherland. But by the second generation of immigration, many people lose the ability to speak their mother tongue. In this episode, host Karina Zapata speaks with Kayko Jarvis, Isabel Stanleigh and Carole Yue, all from Calgary, Alberta, about what it’s like to speak — or not speak — their mother tongues. We discuss how it affects their cultural identity and relationships with their families, and how they plan to navigate the situation with future generations.