The 27th International Conference on Yue Dialects

The 27th International Conference on Yue Dialects was recently convened (November 30-December 2) virtually from The Ohio State University––the first time outside of Asia––with the theme: “Visions, Variation, and Vitality in Yue Dialects.” Keynote speakers were:

Professor Dana Scott Bourgerie (Brigham Young University)
Lecture Title: “Mapping the Chinese Diaspora: Dialects in Southeast Asia” (Abstract and Short Bio)

Professor Gina Anne Tam (Trinity University)
Lecture Title: “Re-imagining language communities beyond the nation-state: The past, present and future of Yue fangyan” (Abstract and Short Bio)

Professor Holman Tse (St. Catherine University)
Lecture Title: “Why study Cantonese vowel variation?” (Abstract and Short Bio)

The full program with abstracts can be found here.

City College of  San Francisco Cantonese Program Update

From August 2022 Newsletter 

“I have exciting news about the City College Cantonese language program. I can report that the faculty’s Curriculum Committee has recommended that City College create a Cantonese certificate pathway!  This was a required step to make a Cantonese certificate program a reality. Based on this recommendation, the World Languages Department Chair, along with our Cantonese language faculty member, have started the process of creating this new certificate program. Once faculty return from summer break in a few weeks, we will know when the Cantonese Certificate Program will become available.

Also, we are now registering students for in-person Cantonese classes for the fall semester. Anyone interested should register now.”

Thank you to all the community members who expressed support for the Board Resolution in support of the City College Cantonese Program. Your letters set this path in motion.”

-Trustee John Rizzo

Commonly used Cantonese Texts and materials

Currently, the association is compiling a list of Cantonese textbook and materials that are commonly used in higher education Cantonese instruction. Below is a link to a brief survey to collect this information that we invite Cantonese educators to fill out.

This information will be used to enhance the website sections on textbooks and materials.

The 6th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-6)

The 6th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-6) is an exciting conference hosted by faculty and grad students in the Departments of East Asian Languages and Literatures and Linguistics at The Ohio State University. Presenters are from four different regions of the world: North America, Europe, East Asia, and Australia! The program includes a Friday evening panel on the history and directions of the Cantonese Language Association.

WICL-6 will be held virtually via Zoom on May 27 and May 28, 2022. It is free and open to the public, although online registration is required. Details on the program schedule and online registration are available at the WICL-6 website:


How Do You Identify? Preserving Cantonese Identity through Language, Culture, and Heritage

DATE/TIME: May 13 6pm PDT/ May 14 9AM HKT

In this online panel and discussion, we will explore Cantonese identities through language, culture, and heritage. We would like to explore such questions as “What does Cantonese identity mean to you?”,  “What is your connection to the Cantonese language and culture?”, and  “How do we preserve Cantonese as a language, culture, and heritage?” Our panel consists of people with various backgrounds, listed down below,  in Cantonese who will bring various perspectives to the discussion. This is a partnered event from the Hong Kong Affairs Association at Berkeley, Save Cantonese at Stanford University, and Save Cantonese at City College at San Francisco. Note that the panelists are free and encouraged to express their own opinions and experiences, however the views expressed here tonight are solely those of the participants and do not necessarily represent the views of Save Cantonese at Stanford or CCSF or HKAAB. 

Panelists include: Andrew Chan, Brittany Chan, Felix Liang, Laurel Chor, Professor Dana Scott Bourgerie, Sunny Cheung 

RSVP at:

2022 Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL) Conference

Note: The program includes a number of Cantonese-themed papers
Dates:     24-27 March 2022

T 24 during the time when AAS holds its conference in Hawaii from March 24 to 27, 2022. Two additional CHINOPERL conference days will take place virtually on March 26 and April 2, 2022.

Program Coordinator:  Wenwei Du (CHINOPERL President), Vassar College
Program:   2022 CHINOPERL Program (pdf file)
Registration Fee:   free for attendees – Please contact Professor Wenwei Du ( for Zoom links.

Lecturer in Cantonese Language & Culture – Department of Asian Studies
University of British Columbia

Applications close on April 18, 2022

The Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, invites applications for a lecturer position in Cantonese language and culture, to commence on September 1, 2022. This is a full-time, non-tenure-track position for an initial term of up to three years (of which the first year is probational). The position is renewable for successive terms, subject to availability of funds and demonstration of excellence in teaching and service, in accordance with the Collective Agreement between UBC and the UBC Faculty Association.

We seek an exceptional teacher of Cantonese language and culture with expertise in language instruction from basic to advanced level for both heritage and non-heritage learners. The successful candidate will teach a total of 24 credits (eight 3-credit equivalent courses) per year, the majority of which will be for courses on Cantonese language while the rest will be for courses, taught in Cantonese or English, on aspects of the languages, culture, or history of the Cantonese-speaking world that are aligned with the candidate’s teaching interests. The successful candidate will also be expected to assist in the administration and development of UBC’s highly regarded Cantonese language program.

Requirements for candidates include: full professional proficiency in Cantonese and English, as well as university-level competency in Mandarin; a Ph.D. degree in Cantonese/Chinese Linguistics, Second Language Education/Acquisition/Pedagogy, Applied Linguistics, or a related field; evidence of excellent teaching of Cantonese and/or Mandarin at the post-secondary level in an anglophone university; evidence of teaching innovations for both language and content courses; experience in online teaching and innovative use of technology in language instruction; knowledge of current developments in language pedagogy and curriculum design; experience with language-proficiency assessment and language-placement practice; and a strong record of participation in teamwork and contributions to program development. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an excellent record of teaching and service as well as to work collaboratively with other instructors on curriculum design, development of instructional materials, and related programming matters.

The Lecturer in Cantonese Language and Culture will join a department ( with a stellar reputation for its teaching and research of Asia as well as a vibrant community of teacher-scholars associated with the UBC Cantonese Language Program ( and the UBC Hong Kong Studies Initiative (

This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following in the order listed (in a single PDF file): an application letter that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
a curriculum vitae; link to a sample language teaching video (please upload demonstration to YouTube as an unlisted video); lesson plan for the content shown in the sample teaching video; other evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as teaching evaluations, course syllabi, sample assignments/assessments/teaching activities, etc.); a one-page statement about the applicant’s experience relevant to working with a diverse student body as well as their contributions (or potential contributions) to creating and advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; names and contact information of three referees who could provide confidential letters of recommendation should the candidate be long- or short-listed.

Complete applications received on or before April 18, 2022, will be given priority consideration. Application materials should be submitted online at Applicants with questions about the position are welcome to contact Dr. Leo K. Shin, Chair, Search Committee, at

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.

Call for Papers: 6th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-6)

The 6th Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics (WICL-6) will take place as a virtual conference via Zoom on 27-28 May 2022 (EDT), to be hosted by The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. As in the case of WICL-5, which held virtually at OSU in April 2020 due to the pandemic, we will do our best to arrange the WICL-6 program schedule to accommodate presenters in North America and in East Asia.

The WICL conference — an event hosted every two years by different institutions in North America — focuses on new advances in Cantonese Linguistics, including innovations in methodologies, tools, and/or computing software. New approaches and research on language variation within the Cantonese (or “Yue”) subgroup of the Chinese language family, language contact phenomena, and new subfields and their interfaces are especially welcome.

The biennial WICL events, with presentations delivered in English, are free and open to the public, although pre-registration is needed.

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Alan Yu (University of Chicago)
  • Professor Elaine Francis (Purdue University).

In addition to keynote speakers and parallel sessions, there will also be a special workshop that will be held in conjunction with the parallel sessions, as well as a special panel, as indicated below:

Workshop: Analyzing Cantonese Corpus Data

  • Professor Charles T. K. Lam (Che Hang Seng University of Hong Kong), chair
  • Professor Chaak-ming Lau (The Education University of Hong Kong)
  • Dr. Jackson Lee (Author of PyCantonese)

Special Panel: The Cantonese Language Association (CLA): Its History and Future Activities

  • Professor Dana Scott Bourgerie (Brigham Young University), chair

Abstract Deadline:  

Sunday, 24 April 2022, 11:59 PM, Pacific Daylight Time

(= Monday, 25 April 2022, 2:59 AM, Eastern Daylight Time)