Language policing gone too far?

WTF?!?!?  And you thought it was bad in Quebec.

On July 1st, protestors in the southern China city of Guangzhao were protesting for the right to speak Cantonese.


Apparently, the Chinese government are banning the use of this dialect which is spoken through out the Canton province of China, Hong Kong, Macau and various other parts of South East Asia.

Apparently, this according to some news sources, this is not true. 

A proposal by the Guangzhou political advisory body, is to increase the amount of local television broadcasted in Mandarin, which is China’s official language, by November for the Asian Games to make visitors feel welcome.

This obviously didn’t sit very well with the people, especially since Cantonese is widely spoken throughout this area.

According to Ouyang Yongsheng, deputy director of the general office of Guangzhou city government, there are no efforts to marginalize the Cantonese language, and those spreading rumors to the contrary, will be “duly punished” as reported by the Daily China newspaper.

Duly punished?  What the hell does this mean?

Well, according to one story I read, a protestor that had been at both rallies (the one from yesterday and the one from a couple of weekends ago), he said that he was taken by the Police at 2:30PM, to ‘go have coffee’…  Yes there was a hidden message in that, since they did not release him until 6:30PM.

You know… while I understand the need for a national standard language, I feel the need to speak out on this.  It’s like trying to force a religion on someone.  Yes, I agree that everyone in Canada, should speak english, we’re not trying to say that it’s the only language and that people should not forget their mother tongue.  People here have the choice to speak whatever language they want, whenever they want.  Schools, in China, have multiple signs that say ‘Please speak putonghua’, (putonghua, is the name of Standard chinese, given by the communists party in China).  This warning is for children to even speak the language to fellow students during a social chat.

Funny, I don’t go up to the people in Ottawa, who are speaking another language to each other in a social setting, asking them to speak english, because it’s the National Language of Canada.


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