Archive for March, 2012
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 […]
Hong Kongers take inspiration from pro-Cantonese movement in Guangdong and stand up to defend their mother tongue from encroachment from Putonghua.
Meet the local Cantonese-speaking parents who will only speak to their children. They say they want their kids to have a head-start. But experts tell Varsity kids have more to gain from a multilingual environment.
As more and more schools teach Chinese in Putonghua, teachers, parents and students tell Varsity whether they think it’s a better way to learn.
More and more young people are entering politics in Hong Kong, but what kind of support can they expect? Varsity learns young politicians in the pro-establishment camp have access to far more resources than their pan-demoracy counterparts.
An official signboard in the New Territories written in simplified Chinese sparked a backlash against the writing system. Purists fear simplified characters will replace traditional characters in Hong Kong.
Mind Your Language Since the handover, Hong Kong has been pursuing a policy of bi-literacy and tri-lingualism, which stressesthe equal importance of Cantonese, English and Putonghua in our everyday life. In this issue of Varsity, we look at how each language is competing for an equal footing in the city’s language war. Moves to promote […]
Parents of Dragon Year babies can expect competition for many services and goods. From hospital beds to baby formula and down the road, school places. But for the new parents, there is also a scramble for the services of doulas who give specialised help to new mums.
Pong Yat-ming’s one-man campaign to spend a year living without patronising Hong Kong’s big conglomerates has ended. But the activist tells Varsity the crusade has already become part of his everyday life.
Home-grown, award-winning animator, John Chan prefers to think of himself as a storyteller who wants to bring cheer and optimism to Hong Kongers.