Grandfather’s tongue (Page 33)

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Peak

This was an interview with Associate Professor Lee Cher Leng from the Department of Chinese Studies at NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which she noted that the revival of interest in Chinese dialects among young adults is sparked by a practical need to converse with an ageing population that is neither fluent in English nor Mandarin. Assoc Prof Lee also shared that beyond administering to the elderly, the interest in learning the mother tongue of Singapore’s pioneer generation is a sign of individuals attempting to anchor their identities.

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