Book cover of Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern by Jing Tsuby Jing Tsu
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What does it take to reinvent a language?

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.

Interview with the Author

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China’s Kingdom of Characters with Jing Tsu
3/16/22          62 min


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Jing Tsu, “Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern” (Riverhead Books, 2022)
3/24/22            35 min


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How China Changed Its Language From Archaic Confucian Bureaucracy to the Lingua Franca of Globalization
3/21/22           34 min


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Yale’s Jing Tsu on the characters who modernized Chinese Characters
6/30/22           60 min


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1/21/22          25 min


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The Revolution of The Chinese Script
8/23/22           25 min


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