The World of Chinese



The making of modern Chinese was far from smooth. In this highly readable account,

Jing Tsu, professor of East Asian languages at Yale University, outlines the reform and standardiz­ation of the language during the

20th century, in tandem with China's wider attempts at modernizat­ion. Jing also discusses the difficulty of adapting tens of thousands of Chinese characters to Western communicat­ion systems, from Morse code to typewriter­s to iphones.

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