Yesterday on Line 8, a rebellious metro driver decided to ignore the Metro authority’s provisions to give announcements only in standard Mandarin, and instead used Shanghainese to announce the stops.
About 2pm yesterday, Metro Line 8, passengers heard a distinctive voice announce the next stop: though apart from speaking the conventional Mandarin, the driver also made his announcement in Shanghainese! Many passengers were very supportive of the announcement, though metro authorities were undoubtedly not pleased as the current provisions require drivers to use Mandarin to give announcements! [via Shanghai Metro Club]
【8号线司机用沪语报站 地铁表示此举并不合规】昨日14时左右，8号线一节车厢里，有乘客听到了与众不同的人工报站音：除了常规的普通话之外，驾驶员还用上海话报出了通知内容.对于“人工沪语报站”,不少乘客都持支持态度.而地铁运营方回应,目前规定驾驶员用普通话发布通知! [via 上海轨道交通俱乐部
Were we to create a dramatic re-enactment, our driver would be a hardened metro veteran – scars crossing his unshaven manscape, a cigarette glowing near the corner of his mouth, and probably an eyepatch. Orders from up-top crackle through the radio, but he’s been around too long to care about what “the man” says anymore. No, this time it’s personal, and he’s going off the grid.
In conjunction with a few bus lines using Shanghainese, last week many were debating whether or not Shanghainese should have any presence on the world’s longest subway system.
While the debate rages on, it appears at least this driver is prepared to be the sacrificial lamb to push for his cause of including Shanghainese – though it hasn’t been immediately clear whether or not he’ll lose his job over the stunt.
As for our opinion, we think Shanghainese definitely would add some local flavor and boost local morale, but – as we noted last week – the time between stations probably isn’t long enough to accommodate English, Mandarin and Shanghainese. So, while a cool idea, perhaps it can be a “once-in-a-while” kind of thing like what’s going on with Bus Route 758.
Taken from Weibo.