Today in Guangzhou, Tomorrow in Hong Kong? A Comparative Study of the Language Situation in Two Cities

  title={Today in Guangzhou, Tomorrow in Hong Kong? A Comparative Study of the Language Situation in Two Cities},
  author={Barry Sautman and Xinyi Xie},
  journal={Journal of Current Chinese Affairs},
  pages={207 - 232}
Many in Hong Kong voice concerns about the fate of Cantonese, including nativists (“localists”) and the general public. Guangzhou is seen as a harbinger of diminishing Cantonese in Hong Kong. News and commentaries paint a gloomy picture of Cantonese in Guangzhou. Yet rarely do we read about surveys on the range of Cantonese use and identity in Guangzhou. Neither do we see analyses on how the social context differences between Hong Kong and Guangzhou may have contributed to the two cities… 
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