Cantonese and the World
Part of this panel is conducted in Cantonese with English translation
Due to the socio-political turmoil in recent years, more attention has been paid to the notion of local Hong Kong culture. With nearly 90% of the people considering it as their native language, Cantonese is the dominant language spoken in Hong Kong, though it has long been regarded as merely a spoken language. Whether or not to designate Cantonese as a Chinese variant also attracts controversies from different perspectives, including the examination of linguistic and political definitions.
In this session, we invite three Cantonese enthusiasts to talk about their experience in shaping Cantonese as a written language and its relationship with other parties such as English and international audiences. The panel will discuss the following: speakers’ perspective on Cantonese as a written language, difficulties and methods on promoting Cantonese to foreigners, Cantonese's preservation amid the growing Mandarin use in Hong Kong schools, the position of Cantonese under the bigger context of Chinese language, as well as insights and advice for current Cantonese enthusiasts within and beyond academia.
April 10 (Sat)