A pupil practises writing simplified Chinese characters in a primary school class in China. Advocates of simplified Chinese say it has helped lift millions of people out of illiteracy, but traditionalists despise the script. Picture: Xinhua
Wee Kek Koon
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Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Traditional or simplified Chinese script? Issue divides Hong Kong, yet uniform characters united China once

The introduction of a standard script by China’s first emperor ensured that speakers of mutually incomprehensible regional languages could communicate with each other, and has united the nation for two millennia

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A pupil practises writing simplified Chinese characters in a primary school class in China. Advocates of simplified Chinese say it has helped lift millions of people out of illiteracy, but traditionalists despise the script. Picture: Xinhua
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