How Virtual Travelling May Help Promote Endangered Languages

Foundation Operation X for languages, cultures and perspectives

Written by Dyami Millarson

Last year around this time I virtually travelled to Hong Kong and explored the streets of Hong Kong, because I was dreaming about travelling in East Asia while I was sick and lying in my bed without the energy to travel abroad. I learned a lot about Hong Kong by simply using Google Maps street view to walk around in Hong Kong. I walked around a lot in the Mong Kok area, particularly Nathan Road, because I wanted to explore that area more and absorb all the details of what I saw in the streets. It was an extraordinarily satisfying experience to me.

The concept of virtual travelling has really taken off as a response to the 2020 pandemic: virtual travelling was an obscure concept before 2020, and since this year, it was suddenly discovered by the mainstream and it gained mainstream acceptance within the context…

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