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HK Officials unaware of using Nazi wordings

出自香港新聞網 - 樹仁新傳系學生實習習作

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--065100 陳予 CHAN, YU JEROMY 2009年3月18日 (三) 03:38 (UTC)

Former Research director of the Home Affairs Bureau, Chan Wan Kan criticized the Chinese that government officials used in press release and speeches is really bad, revealing some of wordings are actually similar to those used by the German government during the World War II.

He stated that phrases like applying tear-gas (施放催淚氣體), or destroying poultry (銷毀家禽), reminded him the slogan, Giftgas abgeben, Juden Vernichten (Gift-gas applied, destroying the Jews), which he saw in the Concentration Camps for the Holocaust during the era of the Third Reich,.

Chan, as a famous columnist under the name Chan Wan, lived in Germany for years, to attain his doctorate in Folklore Studies from the University of Göttingen.

He also criticized the mock-heroic wording that used in official texts, like Arrangements for Firm Guidance on Secondary Schools' Medium of Instruction. He explained that the word guidance already showed the firm attitude of the government on the language issue. Adding a firm is just something mock-heroic.

The columnist expressed his worries the inappropriate use of passive voice in Chinese, also the abuse of Programmed Chinese. He stated Programmed Chinese, that is formulated texts with only some particular places allowing change of wording, would limit our choice of words. Eventually it would weaken our ability to write in Chinese.

Replying to a question about reviving Traditional Chinese in Mainland China, Chan express his welcome to such suggestion. He stated that people in Mainland were forced to use Simplified Chinese. He believed that people would simplified a character themselves if they find it too difficult to write. Governments should not interfer such progress by force or by law.

The researcher found the current political situation a deadlock, and made a shocking statement that violence and blood is a possible solution for the recent turmoil in local politics.

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