A man holds a sign professing his love for Cantonese at a rally in Hong Kong against the promotion of Putonghua, the northern tongue adopted in China as the national language. Photo: AFP
Review | Will Cantonese go the way of Welsh and Hawaiian languages?
  • Repression of language was at the forefront of the cultural intolerance shown to native populations in Wales and the Hawaiian islands, James Griffiths writes
  • Chinese rulers in Beijing have long promoted Putonghua over minority tongues, he notes, and the fight to save Cantonese could come sooner than many foresee
4 Dec 2021 - 4:15PM