Daily Candy to the rescue! Saving lost cultures!

From yesterday’s LAT:

… [O]ver the last three decades, waves of Mandarin-speaking mainland Chinese and Taiwanese immigrants have diluted the influence of both the Cantonese language and the pioneering Cantonese families who ran Chinatowns for years.

The surging Chinese economy today has challenged Cantonese further. Because Mandarin is China’s official language, entrepreneurs like Hom have been forced to adapt, often learning the hard way that business can’t be done with Cantonese alone.

From today’s Daily Candy:

Shaking those extra pounds, paying off credit card bills, learning to speak Cantonese — who decided that making big, fat commitments while intoxicated was a good idea anyway?