Cantonese will never die as long as the people are united in their defence of the local language and culture. Illustration: Craig Stephens

Any attack on the Cantonese language will only strengthen Hong Kong identity – just look at Taiwan’s experience

Anson Au says Taiwan’s experience with the ‘re-Sinicisation’ policies of Chiang Kai-shek’s time shows how such cultural oppression will only lead to hatred, and an awakening of local identity 

Topic |   Cantonese

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Cantonese will never die as long as the people are united in their defence of the local language and culture. Illustration: Craig Stephens
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Anson Au

Anson Au

Anson Au is currently a visiting professor in the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Law at Harbin Institute of Technology and a PhD student in sociology at the University of Toronto.