California schools are at center of debate on Chinese script

10/26/2009 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Some California schools that offer Chinese-language instruction are facing an increasingly heated controversy over which form of written Chinese to teach -- the modern simplified version used primarily in mainland China or the traditional and more complex script still used in Taiwan. While many proponents of the simplified script say it has more practical applications for the students, those who favor the traditional writing see the simplified version as a threat to a beautiful 5,000-year-old tradition.

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