Varsity Issue 123 The Language War

The print version of March Issue is OUT!

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Under the Hong Kong government’s policy of  trilingualism and biliteracy, Cantonese, English and Putonghua are meant to be of equal importance. But in reality, the three are often competing.

This issue of Varsity looks at the language wars in Hong Kong:

Hong Kongers have leapt to defend Cantonese from perceived encroachment from Putonghua and in response to the pro-Cantonese movement in Guangdong

Some Cantonese-speaking parents in Hong Kong insist on only speaking English to their children

More and more schools are switching to teaching Chinese language lessons in Putonghua rather than Cantonese


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