2047 Extinction of Cantonese Exhibition Design
Cantonese, once the primary language spoken by 90% of Hong Kong citizens has historically been a central part of Hong Kong's culture and a vessel of its traditions. However, as Hong Kong moves towards a total merger with China, schools now exclusively teach Mandarin, bringing about an abrupt decline of Cantonese fluency in the next generation.
To highlight and dramatize the endangerment of the Cantonese language, I created an exhibition called the “2047 Extinction of Cantonese”. The exhibition will showcase a collection of extinct “species”, each one being a word or phrase that exists only in Cantonese and cannot be translated into Mandarin. By creating specimens out of these oft used phrases, viewers would be provoked to think about the importance of Cantonese and its unique relevance to Hong Kong culture, and the loss it faces as Hong Kong transforms into a Mandarin-speaking city.
- Project Roles
- Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Design
- Advertising, Interactive Installations