The Blog Herald reports that the Chinese version of Wikipedia has been blocked again. It’s the Great Firewall of China in action once again.
But Tony Hung thinks this is no big deal, for these reasons:
- The Great Firewall is now allowing access to the English version, anyway.
- The English and Chinese versions sometimes have different depictions of “facts.”
- Knowledgeable Chinese nationals are editing the English edition and updating it with their version of the “truth.”
If you ask me, issues like history are a big deal. These are sensitive issues that can even tend to spark fights among groups of people and even wars between nations. History, though, differs, when viewed from different perspectives. And what do you know, these different perspectives probably also come from across language barriers.
So, this means news like this matters. I mean, not all Chinese nationals can read English! English Wikipedia users are different from Chinese Wikipedia users. And the same goes for Chinese Wikipedia users who can understand English and those who don’t. The Chinese language Wikipedia may be blocked, and those who can understand English probably won’t give a damn. But those whose could only understand Chinese will probably have reason to be concerned.
And hey, there are about a dozen spoken Chinese languages (but with common writing, but not always common meanings). I guess this makes things more complicated than it already is!
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