Several students at the City University of Hong Kong are now denying reports of a hostile class environment due to mainland students urging the professor to hold one of the university’s Cantonese-language courses in Mandarin.
“No quarrels took place at all,” five mainland students in the class told SCMP.
The students said that, although many mainlanders had initially requested that the lecturer speak Mandarin in the class, he denied their request.
“Things moved on and nobody ever publicly complained about this ever again,” one student said in the report.
The students also rejected Apple Daily’s claim about the professor teaching the class bilingually and pausing to translate the lecture into Mandarin “once every three or four sentences”.
All of this was told to SCMP in anonymity, out of fear of becoming “a punching bag of worsened Mainland-Hong Kong relationships”, one student said.