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HKFP | Should we expect non-Chinese Hongkongers to learn Cantonese?

Updated: Jul 14, 2020

By John Patkin


Non Ethnic Chinese parents lament that the focus on learning Chinese causes a great deal of stress, disappointment and confusion. The pressure to get an acceptable grade in Chinese takes the focus off other subjects and the final result often leads to missed opportunities after completing the DSE.


The shift in language and identity is awkward for these families. Parents celebrate a child’s Cantonese skills, but it comes at the cost of a family’s own language of origin.


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