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Reforming Chinese characters in the PRC and Japan: New directions in the twenty-first century

Premaratne, Dilhara


This article provides a comparative evaluation of Chinese character reform in the People's Republic of China and Japan, with a particular focus on the latest changes announced in 2009 to the existing script policies in the two countries. The first Chinese script reform took place in 1956 and the first Japanese script reform in 1946, both for the purpose of simplifying the scripts to facilitate mass education. In the 1980s, prompted by nationalistic sentiments and economic security, both...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Issues in Language Planning
DOI: 10.1080/14664208.2012.754328


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