Cantonese Worlds 2 Workshop 第二屆唐人世界工作坊

Cantonese Culture and Language in the World: What’s Next?

The Cantonese Program of the University of British Columbia Department of Asian Studies is hosting the Second Cantonese Worlds (CW2) Workshop at UBC St. John’s College and the Richmond Public Library. First held in April 2015, the Cantonese Worlds Workshop (CW1) is a piloting event to begin an important conversation for leading scholars and observers regarding the transformations of the Cantonese cultures in the world over the past few decades. Now three years later since CW1, with the establishment of the popular Cantonese Language Program at UBC, CW2 aims to continue this process of discussion with guiding questions to shape future research, outreach, and public education in various areas of Cantonese studies. The 2-day workshop will feature an exciting mix of open forum discussion with established local and international researchers and educators, presentations by university students, screenings of films and an original musical, and a master class on lyric writing, etc. We invite all who are interested to participate in this very important undertaking.


Video recordings of the program sessions are now available. Click on the Session names to view the program.



Thursday 21 June 2018

Fairmont Social Lounge, St. John’s College, UBC (2111 Lower Mall, Vancouver)

Click on the speaker’s name for bio.


9:00 am – 10:45 am  Forum #1: “Cantonese in writing”

Moderator: Leo Shin

Vernacular Written Cantonese and the Early 18th Century Hua Jian Ji – Marjorie Chan

When The Little Prince Speaks Cantonese – Zoe Lam

Cantonese Translations by Missionaries in 19th Century China – Clement Tong

Novels in Cantonese: the Case of Sit Ho Ching –  Stephen Matthews / Virginia Yip




UBC student short film: “Have you eaten yet?”


11:00 am – 12:45 pm Forum #2: “Teaching & Learning Cantonese in the World”

Moderator: Raymond Pai

“世上無難語,只怕有心人” Why Cantonese is not a Difficult Language – Liam Doherty

Cantonese, a World Language for the Internet Age – Steve Kaufmann

Learning Cantonese through Immersion – Michael Schroeder

The Challenges of Reading and Writing Cantonese as a Second Language – John Wakefield

The Use of Theme-based Approach in Teaching Cantonese – Christine Wong




12:45 pm – 2:00 pm  Lunch

UBC student short films: “Bridging Nostalgia”“Beyond Nostalgia”


2:00 pm -3:00 pm  Student Presentations: UBC Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies (ACAM)


3:00 pm – 4:45 pm  Forum #3: “Cantonese Identities”

Moderator: Henry Yu

Cantonese Diaspora in CambodiaDana Bourgerie

My Emerging, Dormant & Re-awakened Cantonese Identity – Winnie Cheung

Local-born Chinese and Vancouver’s Chinatown – June Chow

Chinese Canadian Identity through Cantonese Opera and Art ExhibitionsJack Leong




Friday June 22, 2018

Richmond Public Library (100-7700 Minoru Gate Richmond, B.C.)

9:30 am – 11:30 am  “粵語音樂劇今昔 1997-2018:與填詞人岑偉宗一席話 In Search of Cantonese Musical, 1997-2018: a Conversation with Lyricist Chris Shum” – 羅倩欣教授及岑偉宗先生 Professor Hedy Law & Mr. Chris Shum

(粵語講座 Program in Cantonese)



1:00 – 4:00 pm《粵填粵過癮—粵語填詞大師班》 Cantonese Lyrics Writing Master Class – 岑偉宗先生 Chris Shum

(粵語内容 Program in Cantonese)


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