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Written By: AlekZ on March 12, 2011 1 Comment
Pomelo

It’s rare, but every now and then I’ll be confronted by how many mistakes I learned through my mother.

Last week at a party, I discovered what a pomelo was. This green-peeled citrus fruit is something I am familiar with, having eaten it throughout my childhood. I always recognized the pomelo as a grapefruit, because they […]

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Written By: seo on March 4, 2011 No Comment

Like Jonathan, I found the recent announcement of an increase of half a million dollars to certain language course offerings at Berkeley to be heartening news. But I also find myself reacting with quite a bit of uncertainty to the announcement. Since my focus is in East Asian languages, my response to the […]

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Written By: Usree Bhattacharya on February 16, 2010 1 Comment

The shivering saxophonist played an unrecognizable tune, the melody in competition with the out-of-sync car horns blaring ever so often at the intersection of Center and Shattuck in Downtown Berkeley. I heard snippets of this language and that, foreign to my ears, and then the familiar “American English” sounds-which to me still does not seem […]

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Written By: jfboy.shieh on December 19, 2008 13 Comments
Cultural heritage status for complex Chinese characters

Taiwan is planning to apply to UNESCO to have complex Chinese characters (also known as traditional Chinese characters,  正體字, or 繁體字) gain cultural heritage status.

I view the simplification of Chinese characters in the 50s/60s under the communist regime of Chairman Mao as being one of the greatest cultural losses in history. As a Taiwanese American, […]

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Written By: tommy.york on October 25, 2007 2 Comments

Chinese 10AX’s book is, unlike the book I used in high school and now used in Berkeley’s regular Chinese track, willing to tackle an incredible range of politically apt and controversial topics. At times, these topics directly address the complex social factors that defined my experience as a white student taking Chinese while living in […]

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