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Shanghai Dialect Makes Comeback Among Youth

While Shanghai strives to be an international city, locals are worried about the preservation of its cultural identity. After the 1990s, when Shanghai increased its efforts to become an international metropolis, the use of...

The Charms of Qing TV

The Economist's Analects blog has a post about the recent television dramas about the Qing Dynasty, such as Palace, and suggests that the popular image of the Manchus is far from accurate:Actors in Chinese film and...

“Tibetans And Han Are One Family”

This photograph (via CDT Chinese) was taken in 2010 in Kangding city, in the Ganzi/Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of western Sichuan. The poster's comment: "As I was out for a stroll, I happened to see a People's Armed...

Amy Tan Reveals Stories of Dong Folk Songs

For the National Geographic special issue on China, author Amy Tan wrote about the village of Dimen in Guizhou. On National Public Radio, Tan discussed the Dong people who live in the village and their tradition of using song to...

Couple Tried to Name Baby “@” – Reuters

From Reuters: A Chinese couple tried to name their baby “@,” claiming the character used in e-mail addresses echoed their love for the child, an official trying to whip the national language into line said Thursday. The unusual name stands out especially in Chinese, which has no alphabet and instead uses tens of thousands of […]

Hong Kong Eager to Learn Mandarin - Xinhua

From Xinhua via Shanghai Daily: Three decades ago when Hong Kong was still under British rule, English and Cantonese were the most popular languages in the territory. It was during that time that Cheung Dan, a Beijing linguistic scholar, established a Mandarin school there, vowing to teach Hong Kong people Mandarin….[Full Text]

Google Evades Question About Software Similarities – PC World

From PC World: “Google Inc. has commented on a new software tool it released in China this week, although it did not address allegations that the software bears more than a passing resemblance to a rival’s product. “Two days ago we launched our Chinese Pinyin Input Method Editor (IME) as a test product in Google […]

Technology Meets Demand for Chinese Language Lessons – physorg.com

From Physorg.com: A computer user in Hong Kong watches online Mandarin teacher Lily Huang at her home on Hainan island, mainland China on 27 March 2007. Lily teaches students across the globe via Skype, the Internet telephony system that allows people to communicate for free across the world, often using webcams. Such is the strength […]

Taiwan Mulls Abandoning Official Language – Annie Huang

From Seattlepi.com: Taiwan is considering abandoning its long-standing policy of recognizing Mandarin Chinese as the island’s only official language, the premier said Tuesday, in a move that would likely anger rival China. Su Tseng-chang said the Cabinet is examining a draft for a “National Language Development Act” to promote the use of local dialects and […]

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