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Chinese Characters by julwis on 19 April 2006 7:53pm

A Taiwanese friend of mine brought this to my attention. I guess it probably doesnt mean an awful lot to people in the West, and probably not too much to people actually in China either. I was just interested in what people out there who knew some Chinese thought about this subject? Having learned some simplified and traditional chinese characters, I have to agree that the traditional characters do provide more meaning despite being somewhat harder to learn.

It also seems a little bizarre economically to do away with traditional chinese; I would have thought that since its used widely in both Hong Kong and Taiwan then there must be a fairly profitable niche market for both scripts.

I guess also that anything that attempts to erode Taiwanese identity is probably linked in some way to the mainlands notion of eventual reunification.
Re: Chinese Characters by jaime on 19 April 2006 9:19pm
Re: Chinese Characters by tucsonmike on 20 April 2006 3:10am
The simplified characters were created by the Chinese govt in the 60's, because so much of the population was illiterate. Learning Chinese is not like learning a Western language where once you are literate, well you are literate. The government found, many people didn't practice reading and writing, so they would lapse back to illiteracy.

When I lived in Taiwan, they saw themselves as the more "traditional" China so they would not touch the simplified characters, plus it is true, they saw it as the mainland style. With romanization, I was lucky to get my Pinyin textbooks into Taiwan. The traditional characters are harder to learn, but also convey meanings. When you learn your radicals, they act as the building blocks.

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