Kingdom of characters : : the language revolution that made China modern

Title Kingdom of characters : : the language revolution that made China modern
Names Tsu, Jing
Book Number DB108374
Title Status Download Only
Medium Digital Book
Annotation "After a meteoric rise, China today is one of the world's most powerful nations. Just a century ago, it was a crumbling empire with literacy reserved for the elite few, as the world underwent a massive technological transformation that threatened to leave them behind. In Kingdom of Characters, Jing Tsu argues that China's most daunting challenge was a linguistic one: the century-long fight to make the formidable Chinese language accessible to the modern world of global trade and digital technology. Kingdom of Characters follows the bold innovators who reinvented the Chinese language, among them an exiled reformer who risked a death sentence to advocate for Mandarin as a national language, a Chinese-Muslim poet who laid the groundwork for Chairman Mao's phonetic writing system, and a computer engineer who devised input codes for Chinese characters on the lid of a teacup from the floor of a jail cell. Without their advances, China might never have become the dominating force we know today. With larger-than-life characters and an unexpected perspective on the major events of China's tumultuous twentieth century, Tsu reveals how language is both a technology to be perfected and a subtle, yet potent, power to be exercised and expanded." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.
Local Subject Linguistics - LGL
General Non-Fiction - GNF
Adult Book - AD
Adult Non-Fiction - AN
History - Modern World - HWO
History - HST
Short Book - SH
Audience Notes Female narrator.
LC Subject Chinese characters - History - 20th century
Chinese language - Writing - History - 20th century
Chinese language - Modern Chinese, 1919
Downloadable books
Talking books
Call Number 495.111 ANF
Language English
Released 2022
Publication Info Washington, D.C. : National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, Library of Congress, 2022 (American Printing House for the Blind, recording studio)
Original Publication Reissue of: [New York] : Penguin Audio, 2022. 9780593458631
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