Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) officiates at the swearing-in of the Hong Kong government at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, on July 1, 2017. The Hong Kong government’s protocol division has decreed that the day is no longer to be referred to as “the handover” but “return to China/the motherland” or “resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong”. Photo: Sam Tsang

Debate over Cantonese and the handover highlight Hongkongers’ feeling of political helplessness

Alice Wu says the Hong Kong government should be taking the pulse of the people instead of igniting suspicions with changes to long-used terms or questions over whether Cantonese is a mother tongue

Topic |   Cantonese

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) officiates at the swearing-in of the Hong Kong government at the Convention and Exhibition Centre, Wan Chai, on July 1, 2017. The Hong Kong government’s protocol division has decreed that the day is no longer to be referred to as “the handover” but “return to China/the motherland” or “resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong”. Photo: Sam Tsang
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