Chinglish, as the inaccurate use of the language is known (in China), has long been a source of embarrassment for the authorities in China.
As a result China has banned usage of English words in media according to news published last week from the BBC. China has banned newspapers, publishers and website-owners from using foreign words – particularly English ones.
It said standardized Chinese should be the norm: the press should avoid foreign abbreviations and acronyms, as well as "Chinglish" – which is a mix of English and Chinese.
The order also extends existing warnings that applied to radio and TV.
China’s General Administration of Press and Publication said that with economic and social development, foreign languages were increasingly being used in all types of publications in China. It said such use had "seriously damaged" the purity of the Chinese language and resulted in "adverse social impacts" on the cultural environment. If words must be written in a foreign language, an explanation in Chinese is mandatory, the state body said. China’s state press and publishing body says the use of foreign words is eroding the purity of Chinese
It’s a widely known fact that this is not the first instance China has shown that it is disgruntled, before this end number of things has happened as testimony to China’s apathy for other nations.
People—especially cultural and nationalist elites—have been complaining about their language being infiltrated by English around the world for quite some time; witness the exasperated coinages like Deutschlisch, Spanglish and Franglais / Franglish & Hinglish (not so popularly known though).
Chinglish, is by far the most talked about. Looks like Linguistic nationalism (defined as a dominant culture’s use of language to exercise its dominance) is here to stay. But linguistic mixing is as natural as the genetic kind, too. Well I don’t think the People’s Republic will successfully stop Chinese people from using English words. They may drive many of them out of print & create news all over the world.
So dear trak.in readers what do you feel will be the next manifestation of Chinese imperialism?