Cantonese

Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong

Joy Yang, a mainland Chinese who now works in Hong Kong, shares her observations of the rising hostility between local residents and mainlanders. From South China Morning Post: […I] realise that having a happy life in Hong...

Documenting China’s Disappearing Dialects

Up to 40% of China’s minority languages may be at risk of extinction. Phonemica, a project aiming to document China’s threatened languages and dialects through stories told by native speakers, is currently raising...

In China, Protests Underscore a Rift over Dialects

The Los Angeles Times reports on the current tensions over Mandarin vs. Cantonese use in Guangzhou: For years Cantonese speakers in southern China have complained that local culture is being eroded under orders from Beijing,...

Protesters Gather in Guangzhou to Protect Cantonese Language

The Guardian reports: Up to a thousand protesters gathered in the centre of Guangzhou shouting slogans, before police dispersed them peacefully. A witness said most were in their twenties, although some were middle-aged. The...

Verna Yu: Cantonese, Please

An op-ed in the New York Times looks at the decline of Cantonese in Hong Kong: More and more, ambitious parents in Hong Kong are giving their children a head-start in English by putting them into English-speaking play groups,...

Mr. Lee of the Eight Directions – Daisann McLane

The Daisann blog dissects storied Apple Daily political columnist Mr. Lee “Eight Directions”: Today’s Apple Daily adds a devilish bit of gossip that I missed at yesterday’s protest event It seems that when Alan Leong arrived at the LSD demo, dear Mr. Long Hair offered the fellow a choice between riding in the wheelchair or […]

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