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The Last Cantonese Instructor at San Francisco City College

July 26, 2022

Stanford University is not the only place where Cantonese instruction is endangered. San Francisco City College also has serious struggles. But while a $1 million gift will help Stanford continue to offer instruction, Grace Yu is the last Cantonese lecturer at San Francisco City College, The San Francisco Standard reported.

In the 1990s there were 10 or more Cantonese classes at the college, taught by a handful of instructors. All the other instructors were replaced, one by one, by instructors in Mandarin, which is pushed by Chinese government. But Yu persists.

“Cantonese is a lively and vivid language,” she said.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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