Which Chinese textbook will you choose for your children?
The U.S. government says the new edition of the classic children’s textbook, “Chinese: The Language of China,” will be available in 2018.
The government also announced that the Chinese version of the textbook will include more Mandarin characters and will be more robust than the previous edition, which was published in 2011.
“We are very excited to announce that we are releasing the latest edition of ‘Chinese: the Language of Chinese,'” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement Monday.
“This is an important milestone for the country’s education system and the U.s. is pleased to bring this new edition to children and families.”
In the past, the government has used the title “The People’s Republic of China” to describe the country.
The Chinese title is not necessarily in the best interests of the people of China, Tillerson said, because the Chinese government does not have an official government name.
The title was created to help distinguish the country from other countries that have not officially recognized China as a nation, he said.
The new edition will feature an extensive introduction to Chinese history, geography, and culture.
In addition, the Chinese text will include new essays, more on language, and new photos and illustrations.
The textbook will also include more characters to distinguish between Chinese and English, including a new “changda” for “foreign.”