3 minute recap of 越界/粵界 (transgression/cantosphere)’s opening night, including tour by linguist Zoe Lam, address by Centre A Executive Director/Curator Tyler Russell, and more.
As part of a long effort to standardize language throughout China, in 2012, at the behest of authorities in Beijing, and to uproar throughout the Canto-sphere, the Guangdong local government enacted the Guangdong National Language Regulations: a set of regulations that squeezes Cantonese language off of the airwaves and removes it from use in the public sector including government offices and schools…
In 越界/粵界 (transgression/cantosphere), interdisciplinary art company Hong Kong Exile (Natalie Tin Yin Gan, Milton Lim, Remy Siu), in collaboration with linguist Zoe Lam and artist Howie Tsui, grapple with local and international pressures on their mother culture. The exhibit strikes back with a potent celebratory engagement with Cantonese language coupled with a reflection on the relationship between urban planning and the multiculturalisation of “Historic Chinatown.” A hopeful assertion of the value of diversity, 越界/粵界 (transgression/cantosphere) challenges forces of homogenization and invites the public to consider what actions and invocations are called for in the quest for diverse cultural vitality in Vancouver’s urban core and around the world.
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Hong Kong Exile
in collaboration with Zoe Lam and Howie Tsui
January 22 - March 28, 2015
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22 | 7-10pm
Full article with written review, photos, and GIFs vandocument.com/2015/01/cantonese-indifference-the-language-of-chinatown/