some character-input methods ‘Westernizing’ Chinese culture and making it ‘degenerate’: PRC official

Many of the stories I come across in my searches for news about Pinyin are related to input methods for Chinese characters. But I seldom find anything of interest in these. They tend to follow the same template: someone is touting a great new character-input method that is just so much better than Pinyin and everything else. It’s going to save Chinese characters and thus Chinese civilization and all that is good in the universe, etc. Blah, blah, blah. I just get bored.

But I recently came across one widely reprinted article that’s a bit more interesting and amusing/alarming/absurd. It has the additional advantage of being about the claims of a member of the PRC’s Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference. Here’s the key paragraph:

Chén Duó w?iyuán shu?: “Sh?uj? Hànzì sh?rù jìshù y?lài wàiguó g?ngs? zhìsh?o zàochéng s?n dà wèntí. Sh?uxi?n, wàiguó g?ngs? de Hànzì sh?rùf? pòhuài le w?men sh?yòng Hàny? Hànzì de chuánt?ng s?wéi xíguàn, d?ozhì Hànwén huà yánghuà, yìhuà, tuìhuà; qícì, wàiguó g?ngs? bù zhíxíng w?guó 27,484 gè zì de qiángzhìxìng bi?ozh?n, bi?nm? zì liáng zh?y?u 6,763 gè zì, zàochéng Hànzì sh?yòng hùnluàn, Hànzì wénb?n xìnx? sh?zh?n, y?ngxi?ng guóji? xìnx? ?nquán; hái y?u, Zh?ngguó m?inián hu? j? yì yuán gòum?i wàiguó g?ngs? de Hànzì sh?rù ru?njiàn, yèjiè li?nmiàn hézài? Hànzì wénhuà de z?nyán, quánw?i bèi zhìyú hédì?”

Committee member Chen Duo said: “The reliance of mobile phones on foreign corporations’ Chinese character input technology creates at least three major problems. First, foreign corporation’s Chinese character input methods are destroying the traditional patterns for thinking about using Chinese characters and are Westernizing Chinese culture, [causing it to be] alienated and degenerate. Next, foreign corporations are not complying with our country’s compulsory standard of 27,484 characters, using instead only 6,763 characters, which wreaks chaos in the use of Chinese characters, distorts Chinese character text messages, and affects national information security. Also, China spends hundreds of millions of yuan every year on Chinese character input software. Where is the self respect of the [domestic] industry? The dignity and prestige of the culture of Chinese characters — where have they been put?

About a week later Liu Naiqiang (???), another member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was touting the “fool” (sh?gu?) character-input method, whatever that is, and warning against Pinyin.

Here is the whole article about Chen Duo:

“W?guó y?u ch?oguò 4.6 yì sh?uj? yònghù, j? quánqiú dìy?, dàn y?u ji?chéng yònghù sh?rù Hànzì shí, sh?yòng de shì wàiguó jìshù!” láizì x?nwén ch?b?njiè de quánguó Zhèngxié w?iyuán Chén Duó zài quánguó Zhèngxié shí jiè w? cì huìyì g?nggang k?ish? shí, biàn tíji?o le y? fèn zh?nbèi h?n ji? de tí’àn, jiànyì j?nkuài shísh? shùzì jiànpán Hànzì sh?rù guóji? bi?ozh?n, ni?zhu?n w?guó sh?uj? Hànzì sh?rù jìshù shòukòng yú wàiguó g?ngs? de júmiàn.

Chén Duó w?iyuán shu?: “sh?uj? Hànzì sh?rù jìshù y?lài wàiguó g?ngs? zhìsh?o zàochéng s?n dà wèntí. Sh?uxi?n, wàiguó g?ngs? de Hànzì sh?rùf? pòhuài le w?men sh?yòng Hàny? Hànzì de chuánt?ng s?wéi xíguàn, d?ozhì Hànwén huà yánghuà, yìhuà, tuìhuà; qícì, wàiguó g?ngs? bù zhíxíng w?guó 27,484 gè zì de qiángzhìxìng bi?ozh?n, bi?nm? zì liáng zh?y?u 6,763 gè zì, zàochéng Hànzì sh?yòng hùnluàn, Hànzì wénb?n xìnx? sh?zh?n, y?ngxi?ng guóji? xìnx? ‘?nquán; hái y?u, Zh?ngguó m?inián hu? j? yì yuán gòum?i wàiguó g?ngs? de Hànzì sh?rù ru?njiàn, yèjiè li?nmiàn hézài? Hànzì wénhuà de z?nyán, quánw?i bèi zhìyú hédì?”

Chén Duó j?ngguò diàoyán huòx?, yóu Zh?ngguórén zìzh? k?if? de guó b? sh?rù jìshù zì liáng 27,484 gè, p?ny?n sh?rù sùdù B?guó wài sh?rùf? kuàiji?ng jìn sì chéng, b?huà sh?rù B?guó wài sh?rùf? kuài y?bàn, y?n xíng z?hé sh?rù B?guó wài p?ny?n sh?rùf? kuài jìn q?chéng. T? rènwéi, “guó b? c?ijí jìsuàn le shù b?iyì zì de Zh?ngguó b?ixìng xíguàn yòngy? yòng cí, y?ngy?u gèxìng huà de zhìnéng tiáopín wénzì sh?rù f?ng’àn, yínghé le Zh?ngguó b?ixìng sh?yòng Hàny? Hànzì de chuánt?ng s?wéi guànxìng, sh? wénzì sh?rù gèng liúchàng, f?ngbiàn, shíyòng. “2006 nián 10 yuè, xìnx? ch?nyè bù zhàok?i le y? guó b? sh?rùf? wéizh? d?o de guóji? bi?ozh?n ?xìnx? jìshù shùzì jiànpán Hànzì sh?rù t?ngyòng y?oqiú? zh?ngqiú yìjiàn huì, chàngyì quánguó gè dàsh?u j? shèjì sh?ng, zhìzàosh?ng d?ng c?iyòng w?guó zìzh? chuàngx?n de Hànzì sh?rùf?.

Chén Duó w?iyuán shu?, j?ngu?n guó b? sh?rù jìshù y? qiànrù le k?ng ji?, j?n lì, y? lóng, TCL d?ng zh?ngdu?n ch?np?n, d?k?i le shìch?ng de qu?k?u, dàn yóuyú sh?rù jìshù shìy? qiànrù jìshù de f?ngshì jìnrù shìch?ng, zh?nrù ménk?n g?o, zh?uq? cháng; zhàn w?guó 60% y?shàng sh?uj? shìch?ng de j? dàguó wài p?npái sh?ng, cúnzài c?igòu wàiguó g?ngs? ru?njiàn de guànxìng, y?ude guónèi sh?uj? ch?ngsh?ng y? mángmù chóngbài guówài ch?np?n; ji?shàng shu?huò sh?uj? jí sh?o fùfèi d?ng yuány?n, guónèi de Hànzì sh?rù jìshù yào y?guó wài y?jing xíngchéng l?ngduàn de g?ngs? jìngzh?ng, nándù f?icháng dà; ji?zh? zhè xiàng jìshù de ménk?n jiàog?o, jísh? qi?ndìng le hézuò xiéyì, cóngx?n sh?uj? yánf? dào chéngshú de ch?np?n ch?ch?ng zhìsh?o x?yào 9 ge yuè de shíji?n, zhège guòchéng rúgu? méiy?u h?n h?ode jìshù b?ozhàng hédà liáng z?j?n zh?chí, h?n nán wéichí xiaqu.

Wèic?, Chén Duó jiànyì guóji? y?ugu?n bùmén c?iq? qièshí cuòsh? tu?dòng shùzì jiànpán Hànzì sh?rù guóji? bi?ozh?n de shísh?, ji?nd? hé y?nd?o y?ugu?n sh?ngch?n sh?ng zhíxíng guóji? bi?ozh?n, tu?jìn guóch?n sh?uj? Hànzì sh?rù jìshù ch?nyèhuà, bìng cóng fúzhí zìzh? chuàngx?n de ji?odù ch?f?, duì qí j?y? zhèngcèxìng zh?chí.

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