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China Bans Puns in Media and Ads

Last week, China’s State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (国家广播电影电视总局 / 國家廣播電影電視總局) announced a policy that bans the use of wordplay in media and ads ostensibly to “popularize and...

3 in 10 Chinese Do Not Speak Mandarin

The South China Morning Post reports on China’s Ministry of Education’s (教育部)’s statement that a third of the country’s population (roughly 400 million people) does not speak putonghua: “Thirty per cent of...