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… 
2 Citations

Tables from this paper

Use of a language intervention to reduce vaccine hesitancy
The potential of language interventions for a low cost, actionable strategy to curtail vaccine hesitancy amongst bilingual populations is demonstrated and could contribute towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of health and well-being.
Conceptualizing Made in China for a Museum Exhibition
  • W. Ling
  • Sociology, Art
    Fashion Theory
  • 2022
Abstract The Wereldmuseum Rotterdam is planning to hold an exhibition on China in 2023 in which fashion and design are one of the exhibiting categories. In preparation for the event, the museum is


A Comparative Study of Language Attitudes in Hong Kong: Towards English, Cantonese and Putonghua
20 years have elapsed since Hong Kong has returned to China and the connections with Mainland China are growing in different domains. Especially, the universities in Hong Kong attracted a large
A dialect murders another dialect: the case of Hakka in Hong Kong
Abstract Both Hakka and Cantonese are defined as “Chinese dialects” in China. Before Hong Kong developed into a metropolis, Hakka was the most widespread language spoken by the indigenous inhabitants
‘Fuzzy’ Chinese: The status of Cantonese in Hong Kong
Cultural identity and language attitudes – into the second decade of postcolonial Hong Kong
Abstract As it entered the second decade of the postcolonial era, Hong Kong had undergone significant socio-economic changes which had impacted students' perceptions of cultural identity and their
The complexity of family language policy decisions: The case of Cantonese and other regional Chinese varieties
This paper explores the beliefs, attitudes, and efforts of parents with regard to the use and preservation of regional Chinese varieties including Cantonese in the region of Guangzhou, China. The
Culture versus the State? The “Defend-My-Mother-Tongue” Protests in Guangzhou
In July and August 2010, a series of spontaneous “defend-my-mother-tongue” protests took place in Guangzhou. At its climax, thousands of protestors took to the streets to oppose a government proposal
The Long March to Biliteracy and Trilingualism: Language Policy in Hong Kong Education Since the Handover
  • S. Evans
  • Education
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics
  • 2013
Since the handover, policymakers in Hong Kong have faced the daunting task of determining the educational roles of two major international languages (Putonghua and English), as well as a vibrant
Multilingualism and Mobility as Collateral Results of Hegemonic Language Policy
This article shows, with Malaysia as a case study, that an ethnonationalist language policy need not have disempowering consequences for minorities. Malaysia politicizes ethnic difference between
Students’ and parents’ perceptions of trilingual education in Hong Kong primary schools
ABSTRACT After the handover back to Mainland China in 1997, the Hong Kong government adopted a ‘biliterate and trilingual’ policy to help Hongkongers develop an ability to read and write Chinese and
Language Use, Proficiency and Attitudes in Hong Kong
A sociolinguistic survey of Hong Kong in 2014 together with detailed reanalysis of the 2011 census data across the 18 districts and 412 constituency areas yields useful and applicable results relating to ethnic/linguistic minorities, multilingualism, multiculturalism, and language planning, of direct interest to public policy in Hong Kong.