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It’s not about forcing Mandarin being bad, it’s about prohibiting non-Mandarin being bad.

US equivalent to this would be forcing English (which we do) while jailing anyone who teaches Creole (which we don’t).

No one is going to get jailed for teaching Cantonese in China. There are plenty of commercial offerings, e.g. this free introductory course I found: https://www.wanmen.org/courses/586d23485f07127674135d64

Mandarin being the primary language of education doesn't mean that Cantonese is prohibited; it's just not mandatory, so most native Cantonese speakers aren't going to get a formal education in it unless they specifically seek it out.

Thank you for the correction; it’s too late to edit but I would if I could :(

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