Andrés Martinez is editorial director of the Los Angeles-based ideas exchange Zócalo Public Square, which is where a version of this column first appeared. He teaches journalism at Arizona State University. Follow him on Twitter at @andresDCmtz.

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Why we won't all be speaking Mandarin

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