Tag: China

The Rise of Women through the Birth of Languages

Jenna Lau reveals the secrets of Nushu, a language  emblematic of Chinese female empowerment and sisterhood. History is rife with accounts of gender inequality and discrimination, be it through politics, economics, or education. Nonetheless, in the face of scarce educational opportunities, women have risen to create their own opportunities when learning languages.Originating from a remote county in the southern region of...

Chinese Dialects Honored in Film

Last month’s Zurong Dialect Film Festival, one of China’s campaigns to preserve language diversity, received 582 entries featuring various dialects in just its second year. The number of entries doubled from last year, coming from all over the country. Zhao Yuhe received the Best Actress Award at the festival hosted by Zhanjiang, in south China’s Guangdong Province, even though...

U.S. Team Wins Chinese Contest

tr> A team from the U.S. has won the 15th "Chinese Bridge" language proficiency competition for secondary school students in Kunming, the capital of southwest China's Yunnan Province.During the final round on Saturday evening, U.S. team beat out the winning teams from...

Xi Jinping Promotes Chinese Language Learning in London

During his visit to the UK, the President of the People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, attended the opening ceremony for the annual conference of Confucius Institutes in London, stressing the importance of maintaining UK-China relations through language and cultural understanding. The Confucius Institute is an organization affiliated with China's Ministry of Education that was created to promote the...

Chinese Language Films for a Growing Middle Class

The market potential of China's rising middle class is bringing big attention to the filmmaking world and the demand for quality Chinese language media. CNN reported that Warner Brothers recently struck a deal with China Media Capital (CMC) to create Flagship Entertainment Group in order to tap into a growing market for premium content in China. Warner Bros. will...

Internet Censorship Influences Chinese Language

It has already been established that social media speeds up language evolution, but as the Chinese government actively censors online communities, the country's language has been changing even more quickly. Recently, China drafted a new online surveillance law, further regulating digital censorship, making it required that upon the discovery of, "information that the law or administrative regulations prohibits...

The Increasing Chinese Language Demand in Nigeria

In Lagos, Nigeria more students are learning Chinese as economic ties between the West African country and China strengthen. China's rapid economic expansion and the growth of a middle class meant a necessary turn to the African content to sustain an unprecedented demand for resources. China surpassed the United States as Africa's largest trade partner in 2009, with Nigeria...

China to train 30,000 overseas language teachers by 2017

Earlier this month, plans to train about 30,000 overseas Chinese teachers by the end of 2017 were announced at the Third World Chinese Language and Culture Education conference, which attracted about 600 representatives from about 50 nations and regions.Better curricula, improved textbooks and standard testing for students are also on the agenda, Qiu Yuanping, head of the Overseas Chinese...

China Punishes Wordplay

You can’t speak pǔntōnghuà in China.The Chinese Administration of Radio, Press, and Publications is not amused by rampant puns in advertising, television and the news. The Administration showed no sense of humor when it banned the use of puns and “non-standard language,” citing commercials for using wordplay and accusing the media of misleading the public and violating the National...

New Chinese Dictionary Reflects Modern China

Additions include nouveau riche and the WeChat social media app.The Chinese language regulator has approved of a new edition of the Standard Dictionary of Modern Chinese that includes over 100 new words of increasing importance in contemporary China. The new additions are telling of how Chinese society has transformed amidst economic boom and technology age.More...