Cantonese Alliance

People

Founder & President

Hello, I am Sik Lee Dennig or Jēung Sehk-leih (張錫莉) in Cantonese. I was born in Hong Kong to parents from Eastern China. I grew up in a multilingual environment in which Cantonese mingled with different varieties of the Wu language (吳語). I hold a master’s degree in Psycholinguistics from the University of Alberta, Canada and a Ph.D. in Educational Linguistics from Stanford University, USA. I have taught language and linguistics courses in Hong Kong, Japan, Canada, and the U.S. The one that I'm most passionate about is Cantonese. Preserving Cantonese has become my lifelong mission..

Graduate Education:
  • PhD Dissertation: Cheung, Sik Lee. (1991). The Acquisition of Locative Constructions by Cantonese Children. Stanford University, CA, USA.
  • Master Thesis: Cheung, Sik Lee. (1986). Anaphora Production in Cantonese Narration. University of Alberta, Alberta, Canada.
Professional Certification:
  • Certified ILR Cantonese Oral Proficiency Interview Tester
  • Certified ACTFL Chinese Writing Proficiency Tester
  • Certified ACTFL Cantonese Oral Proficiency Interview by Computer Tester
Research and Conference Presentations

Advisor

We're very honored to have Professor Marjorie Chan of Ohio State University as our advisor. A pioneer in so many ways, she is also a Cantonese heritage speaker. Born in Jūngsāan 中山 in the Pearl River Delta, Professor Chan grew up in Vancouver, Canada. She studied the Jūngsāan variety of Cantonese in her master’s thesis in 1980, co-founded the Cantonese Language Association in 1994, hosted the inaugural Workshop on Innovations in Cantonese Linguistics in 2012, and created a Cantonese course for Mandarin speakers at Ohio State University in 2015. For a partial list of her accomplishments, please visit her website. I’ll be interviewing her about her experience growing up in Vancouver’s Chinatown in April. Stay tuned!

Volunteers

Website Manager

  • Zhan, Ruohan

Teams

    Cantonese Instructors
    • Dennig, Sik Lee
    • Lau, Alexandra
    • Lum, Zack
    • Tse, Keith
    Cantonese Community School Liaison
    • South Shore Chinese School
    Cantonese Language Teachers Association
    • Coordinator: Wong, Kristy
    Chinatowns Project
    • Interviewer and Video Editing: Chan, Brittany
    • Team Coordinators
      • Boston: Hsu, Kevin
      • Los Angeles: Cong, David; Ng, Laura, Tran, Helen
      • New York: pending
      • Oakland: pending
      • San Francisco: Hsu, Kevin; Szeto, Kimberly
      • Toronto: Chan, Brittany; Lum, Zack
      • Vancourver: pending
    Content Development
    • Cantonese Movies: Dennig, Sik Lee; Lo, Kevin
    • CantoTalk Music Podcast: Chung, Edgar
    • Environmental Education: Dennig, Paul
    • Pedagogy and Social Justice: Wong, Casey
    • Vlog: Chan, Brittany
    Content Development Support
    • CantoTalk vocabulary files: Fung, Xian
    • Recording: Lo, Kevin
    • Recording: Lum, Zack
    • Translation: Chen, Yan
    • Translation: Waye, Agnes
    Curriculum Development
    • Chan, Brittany
    • Dennig, Sik Lee
    • Quan, Alex
    • South Shore Chinese School
    Fundraising
    • Li, Alex
    • Lui, Elliott
    • Mass, Lev
    • Shum, Jared
    Graphic Design
    • Chung, Edgar
    • Kurzynski, Maciej
    • Lau, Alexandra
    • Ma, Jessika
    Movie Night Cantonese Practice Tutors
    • Cheng, Janice
    • Lee, Kitty
    Nonprofit
    • Shum, Jared
    Outreach & Membership
    • Wing, Juin
    Parent Groups Liaison
    • Wong, Kai Yan
    Publicist & Social Media
    • Chan, Brittany
    Teacher Training
    • Dennig, Sik Lee
    Technology Support
    • Benson, Andrew
    • Lau, Mingfei

If you're interested in any of the above roles, please contact Sik Lee Dennig at dennig@gmail.com!