27 February 2008

My heart goes cold when I read this article - Say NO to United Nations' abolishment of Traditional Chinese in 2008 This petition was written by Jennifer Ping and is hosted free of charge at GoPetition in 2006. Chinese culture are written in Traditional Chinese and passed on thru Traditional Chinese. The beauty of art and sense and meaning, can't be replaced by Simplified Chinese.

"In Mandarin, there are two present types of writings: Traditional and Simplified Chinese characters. Traditional Chinese has been the official form of writing for thousands of years. And from it, the Simplified form was born.

In recent decades, China's effort in trying to make Chinese easier for both her youth and foreigners resulted in this push of Simplified Chinese. However, at the same time, Traditional Chinese is still studied and widely recognized.

The purpose of Simplified Chinese was meant for an easier reading (with less characters) and less pen-strokes in writing characters. It is the attempt of making Chinese more phonetic rather than having many words pronounced the same.

The two forms of Chinese have always co-existed peacefully for many years. The importance of Traditional Chinese lies in the fact that each character represents a very specific meaning. This is of extreme importance because it allows the reader to understand a written word even without the word being in context.

Simplified Chinese, although convenient, fails to incorporate meaning into its characters. Many words of same phonetic sounds are replaced by a single character that possesses the same sound but lacks in meaning. The major downfall of Simplified Chinese is that it lacks meaning. Currently, historical texts are in Traditional Chinese, (simply because one can read and understand based on the author's choice of words) however, if Traditional Chinese is to be replaced by Simplified Chinese, one would not be able to understand these texts/writings because words have lost their meanings, they simply represent a way of pronouncing the texts. As time progresses, this would result in the loss of history and culture.

UN's action to "unify" the Chinese characters and recognize ONLY Simplified Chinese will have devastating impact upon the Chinese language, culture, history. Internationally, Traditional Chinese would be forgotten and neglected, it would only be a matter of time before Traditional Chinese becomes the next "Latin". (the dead language) Along with this loss of language, would be a culture and history lost forever. Although Simplified Chinese is an easier way to learn Chinese, but it should not be the only form of Chinese written language. It should be a convenience, not an absolute. By allowing it to become the "official" writing, the Chinese language would be in regression.

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Example of Simplified VS Traditional (provided by a
fellow supporter)

The word Noodle in ChineseTraditional: 麵 = 麥 + 面 (wheat +
surface)

Simplified: 面 (surface/face/noodle)

*meaning in brackets

The Traditional form has two parts which helps to identify it as noodles. Simplified character only provides the pronouciation so the reader would be unable todetermine the meaning without it's context.

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The above has been confirmed that the UN never used both Chinese forms. IN FACT, Traditional Chinese does not even exist in the UN anymore (except prior to early 1970's).In truth, I am uncertain what will become of this petition. After all, it is a few decades late. Although, what saddens me, is the fact that Traditional Chinese has already lost its ground. People signed this petition to fight against Traditional Chinese being abolished. YET, now that we know it's a fact, why should we not fight harder.Some have claimed this to be a hoax. Others have supported and sent emails. I personally thank everyone of you who took time to come here regardless of your positions."


Here, VL is asking you to click in and press on sign the petition and giving Traditional Chinese a chance, giving TW an oppotunity to guard the language. PLEASE

1 comment:

Jesus Follower said...

http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/new-world-order.html

In Opposition To The New World Order 對抗新世界秩序

We the undersigned do hereby pledge the following 10 statements in opposition to the New World Order/world government system: 反新世界秩序簽名運動

1. We do not wish to have your world government system forced on us, either covertly or overtly, nor will we. 反對單一世界政府系統迫脅
2. We do not wish to be micro-chipped and forced to participate in a cashless society, nor will we. 反對人體植入晶片的無現金社會 (啟示錄13:16-18)
3. We do not wish give up any (more) of our rights, nor will we. 反對獨裁放棄人權
4. We do not wish to support ANY more wars that you profit from, nor will we. 反對所有利益衝突的戰爭
5. We do not wish to be the victims of your population control methods, nor will we. 反對成為人口控制的受害者
6. We do not wish to be (further) dumbed down by the propaganda techniques of your "main stream media", nor will we. 反對啞忍單一宣傳媒體
7. We do not wish to let you further rob us of the natural resources that we are all entitled to, nor will we. 反對無故被搶奪天然資源
8. We do not wish to be a society of sheep, nor will we. 反對羊群心理跟從敗壞社會
9. We do not wish to remain silent about your agenda, nor will we. 反對對邪惡的議程保持沉默
10. We do not wish to live in fear of the new world order and your supporters, NOR WILL WE! 反對害怕新世界秩序與其支持者