Classical Chinese: The Language of Power and Poetry
New Zealand Chinese Language Week (23-29 September 2018) is a Kiwi-led initiative aimed at encouraging New Zealanders to discover Chinese language and culture.
- Date: Thursday, 27 September, 2018
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Free. No booking required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon
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History of Classical Chinese language and it's plight in modern Chinese world
For several millennia, until the 1920s, Classical Chinese (also called Literary Chinese) was the sole accepted language of written communication throughout North Asia. It was the language of government and authority, but it was also the language of the great Chinese thinkers and poets.
Classical Chinese was, in other words, the language in which the foundations of the world’s longest continuous civilisation were first articulated.
This talk, the third event in celebration of Chinese Language Week, will consider aspects of the history of this language and its plight in the modern Chinese world.
About the speaker
Duncan Campbell has taught Chinese language, literature, and aspects of Chinese history at universities in New Zealand and Australia.
Between 2015-16, he was the Curator of the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Library, USA. His research concentrates on the literary and material culture of late imperial China.