• Save Cantonese at Stanford

    Uniting to promote cultural, linguistic and intellectual diversity

  • Media

    Coverage in local, national & international media

    Save Cantonese criticizes University for reduction of Cantonese course offerings, administrators stand firm

    May 20, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    The newly-elected ASSU raised the joint resolution at a meeting of the Faculty Senate by reading a statement from Save Cantonese. (Read more)

    GSC unanimously votes to fully restore Cantonese program

    April 28, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    The Graduate Student Council (GSC) unanimously passed a resolution urging Stanford to fully restore its Cantonese language program and enable the program’s courses to fulfill the University’s language requirement at its Wednesday meeting. (Read more)

    Undergraduate senators pass resolution to reinstate Cantonese course offerings

    April 26, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    The Undergraduate Senate passed a resolution to restore Stanford’s Cantonese Language Program and enable its courses to fulfill the University Language Requirement during Monday’s meeting. The undergraduate students have spoken, and the resolution moves to the Graduate Student Council Next. Will the University administration respond? (Read more)

    Stanford cut its only Cantonese lectureship. Now, organizers are campaigning to secure its future

    April 12, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    Advocates are calling for a new blueprint, the Cantonese Studies Initiative, to protect the Cantonese language program from future financial strain and permanently tie Cantonese to Stanford’s teaching mission. The initiative also aims to financially support faculty and graduate student research that intersects with Cantonese studies. (Read more)

    Importance of teaching Cantonese at US universities

    April 6, 2021 / Asia Times

    Cantonese at Stanford is truly at a crossroads, and this is a moment not only to show support for the continuation of its teaching at the university but also to reflect on the importance of Cantonese and why it deserves to be taught as an independent subject at Western universities. (Read more)

    Cantonese language program threatened at Stanford

    March 28, 2021 / AsAmNews

    AsAmNews, which specializes in coverage of Asian American issues, interviews several Save Cantonese coalition members about why Cantonese is worth saving, and juxtaposes their comments with a University spokesperson's comments on budget cuts. (Read more)

    Why Stanford University must strengthen, rather than cut, its Cantonese courses

    February 26, 2021 / South China Morning Post

    Save Cantonese team members suggest that cutting Cantonese courses "damages the university’s global reputation and undermines its self-professed commitment to diversity." They argue for a future "where multilingual citizens of the world can converse freely and openly in a multitude of languages, including their mother tongues" and suggest that "as the most widely-spoken Sinitic language other than Mandarin, Cantonese offers a more pluralistic understanding of China." (Read more)

    Save Cantonese at Stanford: A language, not a dialect

    February 8, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    Stanford's termination of its only Cantonese instructor reinforces a mistaken and politically-charged belief in Mandarin as a "core" language and other Chinese languages as "dialects," at the expense of flattening and silencing diverse beliefs and experiences. (Read more)

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    'Guardian of Cantonese' Sik Lee Dennig Protects Cantonese and the Dignity of Future Generations

    January 31, 2021 / Ming Pao

    The cancellation of the Cantonese language program and the firing of Sik Lee Dennig represent Stanford's devaluation of Cantonese language, culture, and historic contributions. Although Cantonese does not seem in danger of disappearing, if there is not continued support of language learning, the language and the culture along with it can easily vanish. (Read more)

    Why ‘Save Cantonese at Stanford’ matters: A testimonial from an anthropology Ph.D. candidate

    January 21, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    Huang argues for the cultural and historical importance of preserving Cantonese in the face of "monolinguistic, nationalistic language ideology." (Read more)

    史丹福大學不與廣東話課教授續約 大批師生聯署表不滿 Stanford declines to renew Cantonese professor's contract, students rally to express opposition

    January 20, 2021 / KTSF

    The Bay Area's KTSF 26 Chinese TV station reports on Stanford's refusal to renew Dr. Sik Lee Dennig's contract and students' efforts to save the Cantonese language program. Originally broadcast on television. (Read more and watch the video)

    Saving Cantonese

    January 19, 2021 / Inside Higher Ed

    More than 3200 have signed a petition asking for Stanford to maintain and invest in its Cantonese language program as part of its commitment to diversity and its historical debt to Cantonese-speaking people. (Read more)

    Thousands petition Stanford to ‘save’ Cantonese program, renew sole lecturer’s contract

    January 11, 2021 / The Stanford Daily

    Stanford students and alumni, as well as other academics, express disappointment at Stanford's decision to cut the Cantonese program from a full-time position to a lectureship. (Read more)

    Nearly 1,500 Sign Petition to Save Stanford’s Cantonese Course

    December 30, 2020 / The College Post

    Students voice disappointment at the cancellation of the Cantonese language program at Stanford. (Read more)

    Stanford Lays Off Only Cantonese Lecturer After 21 Years of Teaching

    December 30, 2020 / Next Shark

    After the firing of Sik Lee Dennig, the only Cantonese instructor at Stanford, a petition has been created calling the move inconsistent with its aims of diveristy and inclusion, and for Stanford university to save its Cantonese program. (Read more)

    Stanford cuts only Cantonese lecturing spot, putting future of program in doubt

    December 1, 2020 / The Stanford Daily

    The Stanford Daily reports on cuts to the Cantonese program at Stanford, due to budgetary shortfalls, suggesting this is tantamount to the erasure of Cantonese contributions to the building of Stanford. (Read more)

  • About the Campaign

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    "Why Cantonese? What happened? What's next?"

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