Archive for March, 2012

March 2012 – The Language War

March 2012 – The Language War

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 […]

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Defending Cantonese

Defending Cantonese

Hong Kongers take inspiration from pro-Cantonese movement in Guangdong and stand up to defend their mother tongue from encroachment from Putonghua.

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Parents Opt for English

Parents Opt for English

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.

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Putonghua – a better way to learn?

Putonghua – a better way to learn?

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.

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Differing Fortunes Await Young Politicians Across Political Divide

Differing Fortunes Await Young Politicians Across Political Divide

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.

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A Wordy Debate

A Wordy Debate

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.

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Varsity March 2012 – Editor’s Note

Varsity March 2012 – Editor’s Note

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 […]

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Doulas in Demand

Doulas in Demand

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.

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One-man Crusade

One-man Crusade

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.

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The Animated Storyteller

The Animated Storyteller

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.

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