Learning Chinese: HK ethnic minorities’ dilemma

In Hong Kong, there is a total of 451,183 ethnic minorities, representing about 6.4 percent of 7 million people in the city, according to Hong Kong 2011 Population Census by Home Affairs Department.

Even though Chinese and English were declared as the official language of Hong Kong in 1974 but Cantonese remained as the most common language in the city.

89.5 percent of 7 million population speak Cantonese and only 3.5 percent of the population are English speakers, as stated by a statement released by Hong Kong government.

“The Hong Kong government has been promoting the use of Chinese as the main medium of instruction for most local primary and secondary school over the years.

In other words, an ethnic minorities’ students would have to struggle if they couldn’t catch up with subjects that are taught in Chinese.”

Click Learning Chinese : HK Ethnic Minorities’ Dilemma for the full article.



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