Today (Feb 21) is the #InternationalMotherLanguageDay as declared by #UNESCO. 5 civic groups launched a pledging ceremony against ethno-linguistic cleansing of #HongKong #Cantonese pupils. Chan Lok-hang, spokesman of Hongkonglangstudies, asserted that they have secured 1700 signatures for a petition letter to be sent to UNESCO, European Commission of Human Rights, and #USCongress, urging them to pay attention to the violation of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in HK, in terms of the HK Govt’s educational policy to enhance the use of Putonghua as the medium of instruction for teaching the Chinese subject, and regarding certain schools punishing students for speaking Cantonese in place of Putonghua. Tony Chung, spokesman of Studentlocalims, called upon Hongkongers each to send a complaint letter to Xianggang Putonghua Yanxishe Primary School of Science And Creativity, which has punished students for speaking Cantonese at school. The aim is to make the school publicly promise never to penalize students for speaking Cantonese, to look into teachers who have done so, and to apologize to the students and parents affected. Tony said that they may follow this up with demonstrations outside the school in question.
HK Govt Wanna kill HK Cantonese just as Beijing is Cleansing Uyghur Culture
Lui Chun-yin from Students Independence Union warned that the HK educational authorities, in trying to replace HK Cantonese with Putonghua as the medium of instruction, aim at killing Hongkongers’ identity and culture just as Beijing is exterminating Tibetan and Uyghur languages and cultures. #BaggioLeung, spokesman of HK Nationality Front, said that they are appealing to the Western society, and the fact that now in many schools, Band 1 (the best cohort) secondary schools are taught the Chinese subject in Cantonese instead of Putonghua should convince the parents about the good of teaching in Cantonese. Wong Pak-yu, spokesman of TSW New Voice, pointed out that the punishment of copying the sentence, “Henceforth, I will not speak Cantonese” a number of times, which was imposed by that school on the students, would dwarf and demonize HK Cantonese in the mind of HK kids.
The Complaint Letter to Xianggang Putonghua Yanxishe Primary School of Science And Creativity: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfqu7H0mRPkkQjBMjk4RXoiRRiApufPAoq54jg6tjFl1422yA/viewform
“Two Ways China is Linguistically Cleansing Hongkongers”:
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