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English should be allowed for overseas Chinese to submit comments: political advisor


13:58, March 07, 2012

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- A political advisor from Hong Kong proposed on Wednesday to allow overseas Chinese sitting on China's "two sessions" as non-voting participants to summit their comments or suggestions in English rather than in Chinese only.

Anna Sohmen Pao, honorary president of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, said China needs to include experience from overseas Chinese to advance its position on the international arena.

"However, some of these Chinese are not proficient at speaking or writing Chinese as they are born or educated overseas," Pao, who is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), or the country's top political advisory body.

Pao made the remarks at the ongoing CPPCC annual session that started on March 3 in Beijing.

She said many documents of the National People's Congress (NPC) and CPPCC, including the government work report, are provided in both Chinese and English, while these documents are also available in seven Chinese ethnic languages such as Mongolian, Tibetan and Uygur.

"To allow English to be used during the NPC and CPPCC sessions will attract more young overseas Chinese to pay attention to Chinese issues," Pao said.

"Of course, young overseas Chinese should also spend more time learning Chinese Mandarin so as to make their due contribution to China's unity and world harmony," she added.


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PD User at 2012-03-0994.195.123.*
I have an advice for the overseas born Chinese. Make an effort to learn Chinese. Believe me you won"t appreciate the Chinese culture if you do not know the language. As in any other languages, proverbs and sayings which are widely used in English, are derived from customs and ancient wisdoms, which are ( in the case of English language ) all part of the culture and heritage of the Anglo-Saxon race. How can one claim to be a Chinese and contribute positively in the congress without much knowledge about the Chinese culture and Chinese way of life? It"s no excuse for not making an effort to learn Chinese. Look around you if non Chinese are learning Chinese I can see no reason why OBCs can"t do the same. In my experience the main reason for not learning the Chinese language is often because their parents had low regard of their mothertongue themselves and consequently failed to educate their children in Chinese. However one can only blame your parents to a degree ultimately it"s your duty to put things right by starting to learn the language. Don"t turn into "banana people" !
PD User at 2012-03-09221.127.40.*
Methinks the Madame is proposing the shaving of one"s feet to fit the shoes, rather than the other way round. If one feels one"s recommendations are so good, why not just get someone to translate them into Chinese and have them submitted? China has come a long, allowing such ludicrous proposals to be aired in august meetings convened at the Great Hall of the People.
JJ at 2012-03-09118.101.112.*
To be representative in CPPCC and can not speak Chinese is somthing like unfortunate, and no advantage could be taken of, these non Chinese speaking Chinese are called "banana man" in overseas, well they can submit their comment in English and ask translator to speak out for them. This is China man.
Liu Yigang at 2012-03-0931.205.21.*
Even if English is allowed for Overseas Chinese, it will not be able to replace Mandarin as long as the CPC takes appropriate measures to limit the usage of English. For example, they can insist that translators be used to help Overseas Chinese translate their views back into Mandarin. That way, the CPCC would still be communicating in Mandarin. Killing two birds with one stone.
Liu Yigang at 2012-03-0931.205.21.*
China has a very bright future and that is something all Chinese should celebrate and be proud of. If China wants to be the richest,strongest and most culturally advanced nation that ruled the world for over 5000 years, it clearly needs the help of the Overseas Chinese population. Their knowledge and experience obtained in other developed countries cannot be underestimated. The CPC has to embrace them and help them reintegrate back to China. Languages(English, French, German) should not be an excuse to prevent us Chinese(local or overseas born) from uniting. Remember as a Chinese saying goes, unity is power.

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