Saturday, February 17, 2007

Multilingual toys

The phrase that the US is a melting pot has been used for decades, but has never really been taken to heart by many people. Each city has its own little pockets of different nationalities who set up a world of their own in a foreign land. Another phrase that was bandied around was that the US is more of a salad bowl, a variety of different nationalities, each keeping their own distinct flavor and language. It was interesting to read that toy makers in the US are finally waking up to the fact that there are people from all over the world who are looking for toys that represent their own culture and language. Hispanics are the largest and fastest growing group of minorities in the US, at 42.7 million and have finally caught the attention of companies who are now making dolls and toys who speak Spanish as well as English.

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