Generation after generation, Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities struggle with learning both Cantonese and Chinese characters. Illustration: Craig Stephens

In Hong Kong’s battle over language, ethnic minority children should get to learn Chinese in Mandarin, rather than Cantonese

Gerard A. Postiglione and Chura Thapa say the city’s ethnic minority children would master Mandarin phonetics and simplified Chinese characters more quickly than Cantonese in traditional characters, giving them a shot at admission to prestigious mainland universities and greater job opportunities

Topic |   Ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

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Generation after generation, Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities struggle with learning both Cantonese and Chinese characters. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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