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Hong Kong’s resistance to mainland China is reflected in tensions over use of Cantonese versus Mandarin

3 months ago
Sky Canaves
early 90 percent of Hong Kong's residents speak Cantonese and take pride in their native tongue, and Beijing-led efforts to spread the use of Mandarin have provoked objections over the loss of an essential part of the local identity.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.