China Could Lose its Character(s)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

One of the oldest written languages in the world is in danger of being forgotten. People in China send text messages more than any other population in the world, and many experts believe that this could lead to its people forgetting how to write Chinese characters. The phenomenon has been called, tibiwangzi: literally (take pen, forget character).

Barbara Demick, Beijing bureau chief of The Los Angeles Times, has been following this story. She says this is a cultural crisis — a population that can't write in its own language.

Guests:

Barbara Demick

Produced by:

David J Fazekas

Comments [2]

MAO ZEDONG from BEIJING CHINA

MAO ZEDONG
LU XUN
DENG XIAOPING.

All great leaders of china wanted to Abolish such barbaric, ugly system of Block-writing.

MAO ZEDONG DREAM WILL COME TRUE!!!!

Aug. 28 2010 01:32 AM
MAO ZEDONG from LOS ANGELES USA

MAO ZEDONG
LU XUN
DENG XIAOPING.

All great leaders of china wanted to Abolish such barbaric, ugly system of Block-writing.

MAO ZEDONG DREAM WILL COME TRUE!!!!

Aug. 28 2010 01:32 AM

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