QUOTE (TMM @ Jul 14 2010, 10:49 PM)
This is a mere proposal and nothing have happened...no bans ...nothing...I don't see why you overacting like this, if anyone it should be those with only a few million speaker that should be worry. Cantonese however is safer than most other dialects. I don't see Cantonese or Hokkien fading in the future, not sure about others tho.
its true, there isnt any active policy, for now, that is doing anything.
but this is a serious issue for HKers because we see what is happening in Canton. its even more complicated because of this
"Last year, 28,000 Hong Kong men tied the knot with mainland women, an 80% increase since 2001, while 6,500 women chose a mainland partner. All told, 35% of the marriages registered in Hong Kong involved a mainland spouse."http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/IH09Ad02.html
"which is well below the replacement level of 2.1. and expected to remain low in the
future while life expectancy (79.5 for males and 85.6 for females in 2006) continues
to rise (projected to reach 82.7 for males and 88.3 for females in 2036), resulting in an
ageing population and increasing elderly dependency ratio (168 per 1000 in 2006, but
expected to reach 425 per 1,000 people in 2036). This highlights the importance of
the significant fraction of births in Hong Kong to Mainland mothers (around 40%),
many of whom (over 30%) have Hong Kong permanent resident husbands. Crossboundary
marriages are also important in terms of finding spouses for many Hong
"Cross-boundary marriages have become an increasingly important element in
marriages involving Hong Kong residents (almost 35,000 in 2006 versus 29,000 other
marriages in Hong Kong). The marriages are increasingly taking place in Hong Kong
so over 53% of the registered marriages in Hong Kong involved a mainland spouse in
2008. This provides an opportunity for both men and women in Hong Kong to find
spouses, particularly for those who have difficulty finding someone with similar
Cross-boundary births have also become increasingly important and births in Hong
Kong to Mainland mothers and Hong Kong fathers now represent 25% of births in
Hong Kong with Hong Kong fathers. Because these children are born in Hong Kong,
they already have Hong Kong Permanent Resident (HKPR) status and do not need to
use OWP quota."http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr08-09/english/hc...b2-1116-2-e.pdf
in all likelihood, the hk spouse's mandarin is going to be better than the mainland spouse's cantonese. so their family life is probably going to be speaking mandarin. (as someone already mention) to be frank, the ability to absorb and assimilate so many mainlanders and half mainlander is not something we are optimistic about.
if it was just a small percentage, of course its no problem. but since its so large, they could have mando groups in the places where typically HK would assimilate someone. like school for example. they wouldnt be as pressured to assimilate. this is true all over the world when you have a large minority community.
im not sure what HK can do about it.
they try some thingshttp://www.asiafinest.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=231943
but its hands are tied when it comes to dealing with mainland. options are very limited. HK wont be the only ones facing this issue though in the future as more and more mainland immigrants go everywhere.