Poetics and Politics: Transformation of Learning Space of Cantonese in Guangzhou, China

Professor Wenling Li1

1Guangzhou University, , China

Along with the unprecedented breadth and intensity of migrating activities motivated by the increasing mobility, mobility is becoming an essential feature of the transition society. It strongly shapes the cognition of many social phenomena today. Language attached to migrating people is also forming an important flow feature. Cantonese dialect is one of the eight most powerful dialects of Chinese language, its propagation process has the complex characteristics of migration diffusion and expansion diffusion from the perspective of cultural diffusion; and it has a long history of enduring and very emotional from the perspective of cultural ecology. However, in the past 40 years, China has undergone major social transformations such as reform and opening up, Chinese economic take-off and globalization, the language requirements of human interaction have changed dramatically; and the learning and survival of dialects are also facing unprecedented challenges. This paper attempts to explore the learning space of dialect preservation in the game of localization and globalization takes the popularity and weakening of Cantonese dialect as an example.


Wenling Li is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences, Guangzhou University, China. Her research interests include cultural norms in education and geography education in China’s higher educational system, focusing primiarily on how knowledge is reproduced and dilievered in different social contexts.


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