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New Books Network Podcast: „Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern“

Das Buch von Jing Tsu wurde am 24.3.2022 im New Books Net­work vorgestellt:

Tens of thou­sands of char­ac­ters. Count­less homonyms. Mutu­al­ly unin­tel­li­gi­ble dialects across an entire coun­try. This is what faced the Chi­nese thinkers, inven­tors and tech­ni­cians who had to fig­ure out how to stan­dard­ize, trans­late, and adapt the Chi­nese lan­guage for a new coun­try, and for new tech­nolo­gies.

Pro­fes­sor Jing Tsu’s King­dom of Char­ac­ters: The Lan­guage Rev­o­lu­tion that Made Chi­na Mod­ern (River­head Books, 2022) tells the sto­ries of those who worked to trans­form Chi­nese for the 20th cen­tu­ry.

In this inter­view, Jing and I talk about thinkers and tech­ni­cians: those who toiled to make the Chi­nese lan­guage work for type­writ­ers, telegraphs, and oth­er impor­tant tech­nolo­gies.

Jing Tsu is the John M. Schiff Pro­fes­sor of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures and Com­par­a­tive Lit­er­a­ture and Chair of the Coun­cil on East Asian Stud­ies at Yale. She spe­cial­izes in Chi­nese lit­er­a­ture, his­to­ry, and cul­ture from the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry to the present, and received her doc­tor­ate in Chi­nese stud­ies from Har­vard. A Guggen­heim Fel­low, she has held fel­low­ships and dis­tinc­tions from Har­vard, Stan­ford, and Prince­ton insti­tutes.

You can find more reviews, excerpts, inter­views, and essays at The Asian Review of Books, includ­ing its review of King­dom of Char­ac­ters. Fol­low on Face­book or on Twit­ter at @BookReviewsAsia.

Nicholas Gor­don is an asso­ciate edi­tor for a glob­al mag­a­zine, and a review­er for the Asian Review of Books. He can be found on Twit­ter at @nickrigordon.

Das Buch ist für den Bestand der ULB Mün­ster bestellt.

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