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Pet Sins July 2006

English subtitling for non-English programs - a matter of fair access

I saw the TV series "Warriors of the Yang Clan" air on KTSF. It was about the Yang family and the general Yang Ye, well-known characters in Chinese history. I am glad that KTSF has aired a Chinese program with English subtitles. It was the first time the station aired a Chinese program with English as well as Chinese subtitles, which leads me to think, "Why is it that some ethnic groups insist on getting materials in their own language but do not bother to air their TV shows with English subtitles? Seems a bit of a one-way street to me. Sort of 'give us materials in our own language, but we don't want to bother with making our materials available in your language.'"