make traditional Chinese characters part of world cultural heritage: Taipei mayor

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (???) has urged the UN to declare traditional Chinese characters a world cultural heritage, fearing they are fading into oblivion. At a meeting with Taiwanese in Geneva, Ma said the adoption by China of simplified characters has rendered them less and less recognizable in the Chinese-speaking world. Ma said he was barred from applying to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to preserve the traditional characters because Taiwan is not a UN member.

I think “fading into oblivion” is a bit strong.

source: Ma lauds traditional script, Taipei Times, February 11, 2006

2 thoughts on “make traditional Chinese characters part of world cultural heritage: Taipei mayor

  1. PRC make simplified chinese, the look suck it has lost all its meanings , the simplified characters suck they might as well use japanese hiragana and katakana.

  2. I believe traditional characters should exist rather than be abolished by the UN…but why doesn’t ?? just join the UN…that may stop the banning of Traditional Chinese… >.>” maybe i’m to small to understand how the process goes for an admission of a country to get into UN…

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