Chinese dialects vanishing in China
Mandarin threatening even native tongues as major as Cantonese
BEIJING - CHINA'S numerous native tongues are slowly vanishing, with even major dialects spoken by tens of millions under threat from Mandarin.
The country's three biggest cities - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou - are seeing their mother tongues increasingly being drowned out, a trend experts believe may not be reversible.
Additional reporting by Lina Miao
Read the full story in Saturday's edition of the Straits Times.