Saturday, December 4, 2010

Small Words With Google China

Unrelated to anything else -- I have noticed that ever since Google opened its office in mainland China and started working with the Chinese government in the ways that it does that the font size of the English street names in Google Maps for Hong Kong has gotten smaller.

At the same time, the Chinese street names have not changed in size, though this is likely out of necessity since the glyphs are so much more complicated.

Still, it brings to mind a report I saw somewhere not too long ago (RTHK?) about new educational mandates from the mainland government imposed on Hong Kong that appear aimed at marginalizing the use of the English and Cantonese languages, as well as the former colony's British heritage.

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