Language wars

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  • Published 20110131
  • ISBN: 9781921656996
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm), eBook

WHEN MY SON told me he was going to Beijing to study Mandarin after graduating, he also said, with a mischievous grin, ‘See? I’m a good Chinese son after all. Are you happy now?’

It was far from an admission of defeat in the battle of the generations, or a concession to relentless pressure from a pushy (Asian) parent. He was going to backpack all the way to Beijing, staying in hostels featured in the Lonely Planet, meeting young adventurers – including ‘hot chicks’ – from all around the world. And he wasn’t going to think about anything as mundane as getting a job, though knowing the language of an economic power would no doubt add to his eligibility for one.

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Selina Li Duke

Selina Li Duke was born and educated in Hong Kong.After graduating from university studies in English language, literature and Chinese translation, she worked as...

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