As many of you already know, my purpose for this website is to defend, promote, and protect Cantonese culture and language; it is a primary goal that I have decided to take upon and I do not intend on giving up. This is essentially my life and what essentially defines me. I am very sure that many of you out there who are Cantonese will feel the same way. I am also sure sometimes you would envy others such as Koreans, Japanese, or Vietnamese people who are our fellow Asian neighbors that enjoy recognition and have something grand and great for their people to be proud of. They also have institutions or groups that allow them to band together and unite because they have their language, their culture, and a nation that supports that. If you are like, you’d envy that. You’d envy the fact that people will never see you as Cantonese, only as Chinese. Yes, we are Chinese, but we see ourselves as Cantonese more, and the only people other than ourselves who tend to recognize that are Northern Chinese people who on average many would see us as “not as great as Mandarin speaking Chinese.” You would also feel that your language has no importance because they make it that way and you’re compelled to learn Mandarin even though it’s completely foreign to you no matter how much you learn it.
However, before going on, I wish to firmly restate that the purpose of my website is to ONLY defend, promote, and protect Cantonese culture and language. I do NOT under ANY circumstances want to get into extra unnecessary affairs that do not concern this. I also believe that the approach with government of Mainland China (大陸) should not be to secede Canton (廣東) and related areas from the rest of the nation. I know this will anger many of you out there who are just as passionate as me in this language and culture but please before the flames and insults begin please hear me out.
Tell me, what makes you think that secession is even vaguely possible? Look at how small we are compared to the rest of Mandarin speaking China. If we were to secede, not only could China go to war with us, but they could also eliminate our newborn “Nation” economically as well. In addition, why must we foster hate? An eye for an eye right? They hated on our culture and suppressed our language first so we must retaliate! … and what in the slightest sense do you believe that will work? All this hatred towards Mandarin the language and dissing it will get us nowhere; in fact that will just waste our valuable time. What makes you think that if were cursing, throwing insults or violent assaults that we will get the rest of the world to believe that “We are Civilized people! Please help us save our language!” I believe we should be doing things the opposite way. So you guys tell me what you think.
We have to first be united in our voice; the Cantonese Language protests these past months have demonstrated that our brothers and sisters in Guangdong and Hong Kong are capable of uniting, so now it’s our turn to do so as well on the internet. This is the main reason I created this website, to inform everyone and to eventually teach everyone Cantonese too until the day where Cantonese languages classes exist at an extensive amount. I also want to inform the people out there in the world that Cantonese to Chinese culture and language-wise can be comparable to British English to the rest of Europe. Things are different I want people to know, appreciate and learn them too. I hope there are many of you that feel this way as well.
So I’m sure you will all begin to ask “If we don’t retaliate the way that you said not to above, then what method or procedure to you expect us to act in?” Our generation of Cantonese people are facing one of the most tough times because of this language and cultural attack. However, at the same time, we are in one of the most easiest times to organize ourselves with the internet. I want to be able to teach Cantonese to people who are not even Chinese and give them incentives to do so such as movies, music, pop culture, interesting history stories, legends, etc. The ability to love is much easier than to hate. The government of China can possibly be harsh, we don’t know for sure what goes through their minds, but I certainly doubt they are stupid. They cannot crush something as vocal as a united non-violent front against Cantonese as a whole. I however, cannot do this alone. I require all the assistance I need.
Aside from Cantonese, I know many other cultures such as Shanghainese, and Minnan, Xiang, Gan, etc. perhaps even some that are not even Chinese or eastern that are the brink of destruction or just threatened. Just like for Cantonese, I would encourage you to go out and make a difference and wish you the best of luck. Power does not stem from violence and fear; power stems from the people. Without the support of the people, no governing body whether it be as large as a nation or as small as a website can survive. Therefore I need all your support to support this website, this cause, and this language and culture. I have currently just released the forums/bbs for my cause. Please join and discuss (don’t be afraid if it’s empty, I just released it!) http://forums.canton168.com
In closing, my thoughts simply stated are: I do not wish to grow up in a world without Cantonese. A world where my children and grandchildren ask me “Why don’t we know Cantonese?” If you yourself are Cantonese, how would you respond to that? “Cantonese became useless and no one taught or used it anymore” like this? Then what if they ask you “How come it became useless?” I never wish to be the one who will say to them “Because your father did not do anything to prevent it.”
Cantonese Language and Culture Wiki
Cantonese Language and Culture Website Network (if you have a blog or website dedicated to it, please leave it here in the comments, this is the best way to spread the message around the world, not only do we need the help from those in Guangdong 廣東 and Hong Kong 香港 but also those of our brothers and sisters abroad)