At FT Magazine, Isabel Berwick introduces Chineasy, a visual-based learning system invented by ShaoLan Hsueh that uses simple illustrations to help people recognize and interpret Chinese characters. “In a nutshell, I take...
by Samuel Wade | Aug 30, 2012
More than 100 scholars have protested the inclusion of 239 English words and abbreviations including NBA and PM2.5 in the Contemporary Chinese Dictionary. From Global Times: In the letter, experts point out that including such...
by Liu Yong | Aug 23, 2009
From Xinhua: A proposal of the Education Ministry to readjust the font of 44 Chinese characters has triggered controversy in the country on whether the traditional way of writing should be altered. After eight years of efforts,...
by Liu Yong | Jun 10, 2009
From AFP: President Ma Ying-jeou on Tuesday suggested that Taiwan adopt the simplified character set used in writing in China, in yet another indication of the island’s moving closer to its former arch-rival. “We...
by Paulina Hartono | Apr 10, 2009
Scholars at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences will soon release a set of revised simplified Chinese characters for adoption. From Xinhua: For the first time in nearly 20 years, China will issue a modified list of simplified...
by dwang | Mar 13, 2009
A proposal to re-popularize complex or traditional Chinese characters at the recently-ended National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) has drawn criticism from...
by jwu | Dec 20, 2008
Taiwan hopes to preserve traditional Chinese characters by applying for UNESCO’s world heritage status. From Monsters & Critic: Taiwan plans to set up a task force in February to prepare for making the application to...
by Sophia Cao | Dec 13, 2006
From Danwei blog: Exhortations to “write standard characters” appear on banners and billboards throughout Beijing. This full-page spread in The Beijing News on Tuesday announces itself as a “public service advertisement,” (ÂÖ¨ÁõäÂπøÂëä), only the composer has mistakenly replaced “public welfare” (ÂÖ¨Áõä) with the homophone “justice” (ÂÖ¨‰πâ). The copy (click the image for the full thing) […]
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