Planning Chinese Characters

Reaction, Evolution or Revolution?

  • Shouhui Zhao
  • Richard B. BaldaufJr

Part of the Language Policy book series (LAPO, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Pages 1-22
  3. Pages 191-247
  4. Pages 249-285
  5. Pages 287-328
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 329-419

About this book


The whole world has been watching the vast changes that are currently occurring in China, but few people are aware that at the same time, to ensure the writing system serves these changes well, Chinese characters have also undergone significant reform. While focusing on current problems, developments and possible solutions, this book also details the major implementation of language planning programs for the modernization of the Chinese writing system that have occurred over the last century.

The volume provides a broad and in-depth analysis of the conflict between one of the world’s oldest surviving script systems and the latest developments in communication technology. Comprehensive in coverage, interdisciplinary in structure, with copious references to assist readers in locating a wide range of resources, this book offers an analytic discussion of character planning that will prove of great value to language policymakers and those who are interested in China/East Asian studies and sinology.


Alphabet Chinese Chinese characters English Hanzi Lingua Franca language language planning language policy writing

Authors and affiliations

  • Shouhui Zhao
    • 1
  • Richard B. BaldaufJr
    • 2
  1. 1.Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
  2. 2.University of QueenslandAustralia

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