The issues of ‘the main Chinese language’ and Standard Chinese may be a lot more complicated and controversial than you think. Here’s my opinion.
I’ve often wondered why people totally ignore numerous regime changes when counting China’s 5000 years of history. It’s obviously just nationalistic propaganda, so why do we keep talking about it?
I’m posting the draft abstract for my Wang Meng and Liu Binyan dissertation here, which was written in preparation for a presentation to the faculty to be made later this week.
I’ve typed up my rough notes and mental ramblings for my dissertation on Wang Meng (王蒙) and Liu Binyan (刘宾雁) here (February 2012).
The pronunciation of Li Keqiang is a little bit like “lee kuh cheeang”, but that’s not totally accurate. You can do a better job of it with practice.
I got an interesting email a little while ago from a PR company working on behalf of Korean Consulate General in New York. It’s about the naming dispute over “East Sea” (東海) vs “Sea of Japan” (日本海). Here’s the body of the email: “The Republic of Korea is asking the US government and map publishers […]
The pronunciation of Xi Jinping (习近平 – China’s next president) is going to pose some problems for English language media. It’s just too similar to “she” in English.
Some thoughts on Kerry Brown’s talk on modern Chinese politics, particularly about the personalities and backgrounds of many Chinese politicians in contrast to our own.
Michael Gove writes in The Telegraph: “I’d like us to implement a cultural revolution just like the one they’ve had in China.” Yes, you read that right.
A write-up of the talk ‘A Real and Present Danger? North Korea and the Nuclear Crisis in East Asia’ given by Dr John Swenson-Wright on Friday 22nd October 2010, covering historical background, present day analysis and potential solutions.
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