||[May. 13th, 2007|12:05 am]
the Gong Family
|||||angelique kidjo - "olofoofo"||]|
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.
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.