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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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