In diverse Houston, health-care warnings come in Mandarin and many other languages


COVID-19 does not respect national borders or cultural differences. Communicating about the risks of the novel coronavirus is a particular challenge in large, multicultural cities. Houston, Texas, is one of the most diverse cities in the world. As coronavirus infections have skyrocketed in Texas, the city is sharing health-care information in more than a dozen languages, including Mandarin and Cantonese.


Here is a YouTube video from the Alliance For Multicultural Community Services urging residents to

#StopTheSpread of COVID-19


According to the Alliance, the video "encourages Mandarin-speaking community members in the Greater Houston area to wear face coverings and practice social distancing."


The Alliance, a nonprofit based in Houston, says it "works to create opportunities for refugees, immigrants, and other underserved residents in Houston to achieve their goals for self-sufficiency and improve the quality of life."


The video was shared by Alan Bernstein, communications director for Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Bernstein has visited Beijing twice in the past six years and was a visiting lecturer on interviewing skills in Professor Rick Dunham's "Multimedia Business Reporting" course.

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