CDT Bookshelf: JFK Miller on “Trickle-down Censorship”

Between 2005 and 2011, Australian JFK Miller served as editor-in-chief of the Shanghai-based English-language entertainment magazine That’s Shanghai. Coming to China with little prior knowledge of the country, Miller’s role at the magazine required him to quickly become acquainted...

Scholars Fight Back Against Roman Invasion

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...

Foreign Words to be Standardized

China Daily reports on new regulations against the mixing of Chinese and foreign languages in media reports: Under the regulation, abbreviations such as GDP (gross domestic product), CEO (chief executive officer) and CPI...

Verna Yu: Cantonese, Please

An op-ed in the New York Times looks at the decline of Cantonese in Hong Kong: More and more, ambitious parents in Hong Kong are giving their children a head-start in English by putting them into English-speaking play groups,...

Language Schools and Carpetbaggers

Danwei reports on the sudden closure of four English language schools in China, which have left in their wake stranded students, unpaid staff, and bewildered joint venture partners: In almost every case the founders and owners...

More English Needed as China Steps Up Peacekeeping

The People’s Liberation Army has been more active in peacekeeping missions around the world, and is now finding a need for more English training for their troops to communicate more effectively with U.N. personnel, Reuters...

This Is Why Hong Kong English Levels Are Declining

Canadian journalist Joyce Lau writes in her blog about some observations about teaching English in Hong Kong, wherein her brother was denied a teaching post, even though he was a native speaker of English: A potential employer...

Learning to Speak Olympics

In the New York Times Book Review, Mike Meyer writes about his experiences teaching English in a local Beijing elementary school in the year of the Olympics: I live just south of Tiananmen Square, on one of the city’s hutong, or...

Video News: English Fever Hits China – Reuters

Reuters reports on an English-language-learning craze among residents in Beijing, Reuters reports. The classes are all part of Beijing’s effort to get its population to speak English to welcome the millions of foreigners expected to flood to the city in this Olympic year. Worried that its citizens’ notoriously poor command of the language will embarrass […]

Cops Learn English Phrases for Olympics – Xinhua

From Xinhua via Shanghai Daily: Nearly every Beijinger is going international with the forthcoming Olympics – even former stone-faced police officers are learning to greet foreigners with a friendly “hello” and a big smile. Amid the citywide pre-Olympic English-language-learning craze, nearly every police officer, from new graduates to those close to retirement, is studying foreign […]



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