Less than a week after a slew of anti-mainlanders’ negative comments surrounding the death of a young mainland girl in Hong Kong stirred media attention, tensions are continuing to escalate between Hong Kong students and mainlanders studying at the City University of Hong Kong after it was ‘demanded’ that a professor also use Mandarin while teaching a Cantonese-language course.
According to a report by Apple Daily, translated by Bad Canto, the City University of Hong Kong offers a compulsory Chinese literature masters course in both Cantonese and Mandarin. However, some mainland students signed up for the course taught in Cantonese and, on the first day, demanded that the professor teach in Mandarin because they couldn’t understand.
Hong Kong students were enraged when the professor began teaching the class both in Cantonese and Mandarin, arguing that it was wasting their class time. Hong Kong and Chinese students even began verbally attacking each other during presentations.
The progress of the class is now reportedly 50 percent behind schedule, although it was not confirmed that this is due to the bilingual education.
One teacher told reporters, “We only use Mandarin to explain the crucial parts. We’ll adjust our progress according to our students.”
By Katie Nelson and Lauren Holdcroft