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[May. 13th, 2007|12:05 am]
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you know, re-reading my last post i think i made it sound like a more negative encounter than a positive one.

actually, it was a pretty cool thing, to bump into a cantonese speaking family. the older woman reminded me a little of poh-poh (ma's ma, i mean), but i learned that her husband speaks hoh san wah, the same as guong-guong and poh-poh and auntie.

i think it weirded them out, in a pleasant way: randomly, the bike next to where they were standing belongs to an american-chinese who spoke their lingo.

small world!

the last time i ran into a hoh san wah speaker was on an amtrak train to chicago; i was headed to a conference @ champaign-urbana, at the time.

the last time i spoke canto (to a non-family member) was at another conference in cincinnati, where my research group went to have dim sum on a sunday.

is it common to find canto speakers, in california?
i wondered about that, sometimes.
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[User Picture]From: belveana
2007-05-19 04:55 am (UTC)

Yes and no

I am not sure if one runs into more Canto speakers in CA than in NY. Regardless of which coast I'm on, I find that restaurant owners and dim sum servers almost always speak Canto and that grad students and postdocs primarily speak Mandarin. In the last little while, I think I have gotten to know more Canto speakers than in previous years, but they also happen to be Sam's coworkers, friends and relatives.
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