Hong Kong protesters fight to save Cantonese version of Pikachu

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  • Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Protesters in Hong Kong are calling for the reinstatement of the Cantonese usage of Pikachu, after Japanese videogame maker Nintendo announced it would begin using the Putonghua pinyin name in a Hong Kong version of the Pokemon game, reports the South China Morning Post

More than a dozen protesters took to the streets on May 30 to fight against Nintendo's decision to change the videogame's yellow mascot from the Cantonese name of Pikachu – Beikaaciu – to the mainland Chinese pinyin version – Pikaqiu. 

Over 6,000 people signed a petition in March to overturn the decision, but their request has thus far been ignored. 

The controversy comes at a time when many fear that Hong Kong's identity and language are slowly being eroded. 

In February, the Education Bureau proposed putting more emphasis on learning Putonghua in local schools, while in the same month the city's largest television station received a backlash for using simplified characters during its Putonghua newscast. — AFP Relaxnews

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