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Friday, September 29, 2023


As a Chinese descendant, I was quite surprised to find out that many of the younger generations can no longer write their own Chinese name in characters and can barely speak Mandarin.


Growing up in Singapore, I was taught the importance of my cultural heritage and language at a very early age. I remember my grandfather teaching me how to write my name in Chinese characters and the various stories he would tell in Mandarin. It was my responsibility to keep these traditions alive.

Therefore, I was quite shocked to learn that many of the younger generations in Singapore can no longer write or speak Chinese. I was told that this was mainly due to the increasing reliance on English and the lack of emphasis placed on learning Chinese. I couldn’t help but wonder how this would impact our culture and heritage in the future.

After some research, I discovered that the situation is not unique in Singapore. It appears to be a growing trend among many Asian countries. The younger generations are more focused on learning English and do not place enough emphasis on learning Chinese. This is leading to a decline in the number of people who can speak, read, and write the language.

Even my Malay and Indian friends are telling me it’s the same for them

The lack of ability to speak Mandarin or write Chinese characters can have a number of negative impacts on the cultural heritage of the younger generations. For example, many of the stories, traditions, and values that are passed down from generation to generation are only done so in Mandarin. Without the ability to speak or write the language, these stories and values will be lost.


Furthermore, many of the younger generations are unable to communicate with their older relatives who do not speak English. This lack of communication can lead to a disconnect between generations and cause the younger generations to miss out on important lessons and wisdom from their elders.

I believe that it is important for the younger generations to learn and stay connected to their cultural heritage. Learning the language and being able to write one’s name in Chinese characters is a great way to honor one’s ancestors and stay connected to their culture.

It is up to us, the older generations, to ensure that the younger generations get the opportunity to learn and appreciate their cultural heritage. We need to encourage them to take language classes and spend time learning Chinese. We also need to make sure that they understand the importance of learning the language and how it can help them stay connected to their culture and heritage.

It is our responsibility to make sure that the younger generations are able to understand and appreciate their cultural heritage. We must make sure they have the opportunity to learn Chinese and stay connected to their roots. I believe that by doing this, we can ensure that our culture and heritage will be kept alive for generations to come.

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