Posters reading “scrap the mandatory Mandarin module” are displayed on the “democracy wall” at the Baptist University in Kowloon Tong in January as students protest about being compelled to take a course in a language as a graduation requirement. The use of Mandarin in Hong Kong has become the subject of heated debate. Photo: Winson Wong

Take politics out of the conversation on Cantonese and Mandarin, and use each language when needed

Mike Rowse says demographic changes and Hong Kong’s role as the gateway to China mean Mandarin will increasingly make its presence felt, but Cantonese can continue to thrive alongside

Topic |   Cantonese

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Posters reading “scrap the mandatory Mandarin module” are displayed on the “democracy wall” at the Baptist University in Kowloon Tong in January as students protest about being compelled to take a course in a language as a graduation requirement. The use of Mandarin in Hong Kong has become the subject of heated debate. Photo: Winson Wong
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