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Twitter @AsiaLangsOnline 2019

Tweet bird Image by Id-iom and used under a CC BY-NC 2.0 Creative Commons license.

Beginning on Tuesday, August 6, a rotating roster of language activists from across Asia will become guest hosts of the @AsiaLangsOnline Twitter account. Coordinated by Rising Voices, the Digital Empowerment Foundation and the O Foundation, this social media campaign is taking place within the context of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 and will provide a space for diverse voices from across the region to tell stories of their experiences with language revitalization and how the internet is playing a role.

Throughout the rest of 2019, different activists will take weekly turns at @AsiaLangsOnline sharing their perspectives on what their language means to them and their communities. These activists are all working to promoting the use of their languages in new domains like the internet, which presents many opportunities and challenges. But there is also an important offline component to their activism related to long-standing histories and contemporary contexts that affect the vitality of Asian languages.

Similar initiatives using Twitter as a collaborative medium are underway in Latin America (@ActLenguas) and in Africa (@DigiAfricanLang), in Canada and the United States (@NativeLangsTech), but this project will focus on languages across Asia.

Response to calls for participation has been extremely positive, as the roster for the first several weeks has already been filled. We are also conducting outreach to invite others to take part. If you have a suggestion for someone that would make a good guest host, please contact us.


(Click on the host's name to read a Q&A blog post)

August 6-12:

Subhashish Panigrahi (@subhapa)

👨‍🍳Open Culture+Community 🎥 @NatGeoExplorers ▪ @ONA, MJBear Fellow🙇‍♂️ @ofdnorg/@openspeaks▪Earlier @internetsociety @Mozilla @CISA2K @Wikimedia ✍@globalvoices ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು/ଓଡ଼ିଶା

August 13-19:

Sanjib Chaudhary(@sankuchy)

Blogger. Traveller. Communications Professional @PracticalAction ✍@globalvoices former @SNVworld @WWF @umnnepal @ChaudharyGroup Views personal #EverydayNepal Kathmandu

August 20-26:

Pasang Yangjee Sherpa (@PasangYangjee)


August 27-September 2:

Janak Raj Bhatta (@JRBhatta)

Lalitpur, Nepal

September 3-9:

Ramjit Tudu(@Ramjit_Tudu)

Volunteering @satwikipedia @olchikitech
& Santali translator, Shayari & Lyrics writer…Bhubaneshwar,

September 17-23:

Mangu Purty (@ManguPurty)

Kharimati, Jharkhand, India

September 24-30:

Benson KC Fang (@cwch)

Cultural curator with Mata Taiwan

October 1-7:

Mulihay Talus (@Kau_Jasmine1126)

Hualien, Taiwan

October 8-14:

Luh Ayu Manik Mas (@LuhAyuManikMas1)

Prawireng Putri Bali @BASAbali (link:

October 15-21:

Abhinash Das (@abhinashd)

Karbi Anglong, Assam

October 22-28:

Osama Manzar (@OsamaManzar)

founder @defindia; board @apc_news @a4a_internet @wsaOffice @barefootcollege columnist @livemint @cheveningfco scholar, @stateIVLP fellow Always on the move