Monday, August 2, 2010

Defending Cantonese

News of a "rally [that] was organised to defend Cantonese against its marginalisation by the central government, which plans to replace it with Mandarin" — Hundreds of protesters meet in Guangzhou park to defend Cantonese.

An op-ed by Verna Wu about the self-marginalization of Cantonese in favor of English linked to a few days ago on these pages — Cantonese, Please — reminded us that "Cantonese carries echoes of ancient Chinese that no longer exist in the official Mandarin." She also calls it "a lively language full of colorful expressions," which even a cursory viewing of any Hong Kong movie will tell you.

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Anonymous Balthasar Fan in Brooklyn said...

Here's a somewhat recent piece from the NY Times about how Cantonese is being pushed out of NY's Chinatown.

2:26 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Sad news.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

The language is alive and well in Vancouver, B.C. and Seattle, Wash.!

12:11 AM  

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