The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to by George J. Leonard

By George J. Leonard

Multicultural classes are in general taught by way of exposing scholars to literature or arts, on the subject of their political, sociological, and ancient contexts. This booklet is designed to aid scholars studying novels, gazing movies, and confronting works of art with details wishes particularly diversified from these of social scientists and historians.

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If we were to borrow the Chinese symbols whenever we could; and when we could not, invent an alphabet in which we could write out “-ing” and “have had,” then use both systems together at once; we would have a solution similar to Japan’s successful one. The Japanese developed, not one, but two alphabets of syllables (“syllabary”) to flesh out the Chinese characters. In the 700s a 48-character syllabary, katakana, was created, mostly for foreign loan words and names. It was soon found useful to link the 48 characters of katakana (marking foreign words) with yet another 48-character syllabary, hiragana, to deal with grammatical situations like the one described above.

You put time first in a sentence to specify when something happened. ” The Chinese say that, in effect, to creat a past tense. ” So literary texts can justifiably be translated many different ways. The Chinese sentence to be translated literally says, “He/she/it says/said/will say to him/her/it…,” and the translator has to pick the wording that makes the most sense. Choose one translation; be aware from the start which romanization it uses; compare it with other translations if it seems odd. Chinese affords tremendous room for interpretation and many translators take advantage of it.

In Western-influenced Nationalist Taiwan—where Mao’s enemies, the Guomindang, fled—women used their The Asian Pacific American heritage 32 husband’s surname and then their own, separated by a hyphen. If Miss Huang Xiaoyan marries Mr. Lee, she becomes Lee-Huang Xiaoyan. , Professor, Doctor, appear after the name, not before it. In pinyin they are not capitalized. Mrs. Lee is Lee taitai. Miss Wong is Wong xiaojie. Chairman Mao is Mao zhuxi. In English we routinely say Doctor Smith or Professor Jones, but do not, as a rule, specify many other professions.

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