What was the biggest obstacle to China’s modernization as the Qing Dynasty collapsed? The Chinese language, according to Yale University Professor Jing Tsu. Back then, literacy was reserved for the elite few, and the system of calligraphy was far too complicated for the technological revolution that was sweeping the world. Join Professor Tsu as she explores the century-long fight to make the Chinese language accessible to the modern world of global trade and digital technology. Drawing on her new book, Kingdom of Characters, Tsu will share her perspective on the linguistic advances that helped fuel China’s meteoric rise.

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Date: April 6

Time: 6:30 pm

Cost: Free

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