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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cantonese in China

More than 1,000 people gathered Sunday in Guangzhou, in southern China, to demonstrate against a local politician’s proposal to force a major local television network to stop broadcasting in Cantonese and switch to the country’s official language, Mandarin.

Move to Limit Cantonese on Chinese TV is Assailed - NY Times

The Mother of a student I tutored a few years ago I was surprised to find out did not speak Mandarin, but only Cantonese and she was from Guangzhou. Her kids both spoke excellent Mandarin. To me this shows how far the use of Mandarin in China has spread over the last 30 years.

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