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Anti-mainland China sentiments

Why Mandarin makes some Hong Kong pupils uncomfortable

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 2:49pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 2:49pm

Pupils in Hong Kong don’t seem to welcome the teaching of Mandarin, and some even say they dislike it. I believe there are two reasons behind this. 

The first is young people’s impression of mainland China. In recent years, some negative reports from the mainland, and about mainland visitors, have affected Hong Kong residents.

As a result, some pupils have a bad feeling about the mainland, and have started to refuse anything associated with it. 

Second, they feel that Cantonese is under threat from the spread of Mandarin. Cantonese is the mother tongue of Hong Kong people. It is incomprehensible to Hong Kong pupils that Cantonese might disappear in its own city. That is why many Hong Kong students want nothing to do with Mandarin.

Anthony Wong, Sheung Shui