Reviews 387 6. Ibid., p. 328. 7. Donald Munro, ``A Villain in the Xunzi,'' in Ivanhoe, Chinese Language, Thought, and Culture, p. 198. Han-Ying shuangjie Xinhua zidian 2000. 928 pp. RMB 26.00, isbn 7801031989/H.58 ¼ Xinhua Diction- ary with English Translation. Beijing: Commercial Press International, The old saw about reviewing a telephone directory (``lots of characters, but not much plot'') has a certain pertinence when it comes to reviewing a Chinese dictionary, in particular a character dictionary like this. The Xinhua zidian has been a stalwart of generations of Chinese since it was first published in 1957. Over four decades it has gone through nine editions and more than one hundred printings. Its 380 million copies meant it could be found everywhere in China. The small, usually plastic-covered dictionary was also a boon to foreign students of the language. When I started learning Chinese in Beijing in 1974, there were no comprehensive Chinese-English dictionaries that used pinyin romanization. I made do with a photocopied version of a U.S. government translation of a Chinese-German pinyin dictionary, shipped to Beijing from Washington, D.C. through diplomatic channels and bound in bright red leatherette, for about a dollar in a Beijing bindery.
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 1, 2001
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