Cantonese still thriving in Metro Vancouver

The city’s newest Chinese immigrants tend to be Mandarin speakers, not Cantonese, according to a Vancouver Sun article.

Ross King, head of UBC’s Asian Studies program, discussed a new undergraduate, for-credit Cantonese language class offered by the department to Asian Studies students whose mother tongue isn’t Chinese.

UBC linguistics researcher and PhD candidate Zoe Lam expressed concern about the future of Cantonese and said the current generation of Cantonese speakers play an important role in the transmission of the language to younger generations.

A similar article appeared in The Province.