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New York's First Responders Learning Mandarin

"Ni Hao," first responders say as they arrive at an old firehouse in Brooklyn. That's Mandarin Chinese for "hi" or "hello." About a dozen firefighters, EMTs and paramedics spend about two hours a week taking the first Mandarin course offered under the auspices of the Fire Department of New York's Phoenix Society and the New York City Fire Department Foundation. A recent U.S. Census Bureau report about New York City revealed an increasingly diverse...

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