Thursday, May 12, 2005

On Words

A neat little paragraph in a Washington Post article that talks about words and China/Taiwan relations:
The disputes over wording may appear arcane and trivial to outsiders, but the governments on both sides of the Taiwan Strait regard them with utmost seriousness and sometimes threaten to go to war over them. At stake in these battles over nouns and adjectives is the definition of the Chinese nation itself, with the mainland defending its claim that Taiwan is part of China and the self-governing island territory struggling to present itself as an independent, sovereign country.
A nice example of how words create worlds.


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