“Society for the Promotion of the standardization of written language”

The “Society for the Promotion of the standardization of written language” (어문정책정상화추진회, 語文政策正常化推進會 http://www.kolanguage.org/) took out a 1/4  page add in the JoongAng Ilbo on January 20, 2015 to promote the use of Chinese characters as an essential policy for Korea. The advertisement notes that Korea teaches the smallest number of Chinese characters to its students, incomparison with China, Taiwan, Japan and North Korea and does not even offer Chinese characters to elementary students. I know nothing about the background of this advertisement, but I have heard the opinion expressed with growing frequency that Korea must use Chinese characters to be competitive.

 

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