Shanghai Dialect (Called Shanghai Hua) used to be a dialect that is the proud of millions of local Shanghainese. Being able to speak Shanghai Hua is a pass to be recognized as a legitimate Shanghainese, or ‘in the loop’. Otherwise there is a serious caveat that one would be labeled as ‘Peasant’ (Called Xiang Xia Ren), or ‘one that lacks good education or manner’. In the last decade, however, the trend has changed (See Article from Global Times). The Shanghai government has been pushing hard to promote the use of Mandarin as the only used language in schools and public occasions. More and more Shanghai local kids speak mandarin much better that they can speak Shanghai Hua. In addition, the media seems on the side of ‘Peasants’ as well to portrait Shanghainese speaking Shanghai Hua as an unfriendly gesture towards non-Shanghainese. At the same time, however, Shanghai continues to be one of the most attractive cities in China for young people from all over the country to pursue their dreams, despite the complaints from some to claim Shanghai as an unfriendly city. Funny enough, such a change is making Shanghai Hua speaking Shanghainese more and more of a minority. In fact it would be greatly disturbing and disappoiting for Shanghainese to see the local culture being disadvantaged and harmonized while the other culture, such as Cantonese and Hock Kian (Dialect from Fujian province) continue to prosper, not only in South China, but also overseas. Given the current trend, it is very likely that Shanghai dialect and local opera (Called Hu Ju) will no longer exist or be known to the next generation.