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    Posted: 31 Aug 2013 at 02:22
The literacy rate in Mainland China has risen to the high 90s, surpassing that of Hong Kong, where higher amounts of money per person have been invested n education. Simplified characters are part of the reason for this. But, how have simplified characters affected Chinese culture?

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Simplified Chinese gets rid of the Kangxi and other Traditional Dictionaries, which also makes it twice as hard to translate, so it's basically modernizing the language in order to get rid of further influence that the old once had. Simplified characters are easier to write, but it makes tradition harder since the number of those who remember the older ways is decreasing. I prefer traditional characters because I'm more used to it, simplified characters didn't show up until 10 years after I left, so I never really learned it until I started to revisit China. Plus, in calligraphy, simplified characters are restricting and useless for most of the scripts, so I rarely use it. In my opinion, other than the writing system, China has not really changed too much because of the change from traditional to simplified. China's culture has more changed because of the urge to modernize, keeping up with the rest of the world, and the change of language writing systems is more part of the urge to modernize. Chinese culture, overall, will never perish unless the entire world population falls back into prehistory, no matter what China does to mask their traditions. But, the change in the writing system does cause a gap and a mask over old, now masked by the new.
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I see simplified characters as something that was needed to overcome the illiteracy in the country in the 1950s. Today, computer programs to convert simplified characters to classic characters are widely available, so there doesn't have to much of a gap between the old and the new. 

A lot of people around me look down at simplified characters, but I think they've made the nation more informed and they've sped up communications. 
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Primary motivations of language and alphabet reforms are almost always ideological. I bet commies did that to erase all "inconvenient influences" of the past like they did it anywhere they ascend to power...
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I am still waiting for Chinese to decide a real reform, and put Pinyin as the way to write Chinese, instead of those terrible difficult characters. If they do so, I bet Chinese would become a language spoken all over the world.

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