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Breast Cancer. Air Pollution and Cancer, Student Language Controversies (01 Nov 2013)


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October was International Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and many specialists are warning that Hong Kong women still remain relatively unaware of the risks and need for early diagnosis. There may also be more alarming news on the cancer front with the recent announcement by the World Health Organization that air pollution itself, rather than just individual components of it, is carcinogenic. It’s well known that air pollution, like that which so often bedevils Hong Kong, worsens respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer now says that it is also a leading environmental cause of lung cancer deaths, and there was strong evidence that it can cause bladder cancer. And if you wonder why that’s so worrying, just try taking a deep breath on certain days. Recently, mainland Chinese students studying for a Master of Arts in Chinese at the City University of Hong Kong requested that the teacher use Putonghua as the medium of instruction as they don’t understand Cantonese. Local students insist that Cantonese, the course’s language of instruction, should remain as the medium of instruction. Hong Kong’s tertiary institutions do request that both local and non-local post-graduate students should have a certain level of English before being admitted to courses. Some even encourage non-local students to learn Cantonese. But the issue is likely to come under pressure as more mainland students apply. But isn’t it all very simple? Shouldn’t students who are admitted to local universities be able to speak the course’s language of instruction? With us in the studio are Former Secretary for Education and Manpower Joseph Wong, legislator Ip Kin-yuen who represents the education sector, and Professor Chak Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Publish Date: 
Friday, November 1, 2013
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