Is it just me or is it not really that politically correct for someone to call Mandarin “Chinese” and all other remaining Chinese languages/dialects their respective names, ie “I speak English, Chinese (meaning Mandarin), and Cantonese”?
It somewhat has this feeling that Mandarin is *the* absolute Chinese language and that the other Chinese “languages”/dialects are not as Chinese and shouldn’t be regarded as “Chinese” in its own right, but rather specifically mentioned.
Then again, Mandarin is the unifying Chinese language since most people from countries with a dominant/sizable amount of Chinese-speaking people are able to speak Mandarin. But still calling Mandarin as “Chinese” and not using the term “Chinese” as an umbrella term for all the languages/dialects of China (however you want to define “China” ie PRC vs ROC) kinda feels a bit preferential and unfair.
But ya, as the title says, maybe I’m just being a bit too sensitive. Heheh…