-though I like the 3 dots in Beijing
May 2, 2007 12:22 PM Subscribe
What's up with Chinese place names? When I was a kid looking at a map of China, it showed the capital as 'Peking(Peiping)'. Now it's Beijing, and there are other places like Guangzhou that used to have a name I recognized. I first noticed this in the late 80's and with people I knew who had gone there, but now it's ubiquitous. My question is not about why or if China changed the name, but why did the US usage change. Why just China? (we don't say Lisboa, Firenze, München, Moskva, etc.)
posted by MtDewd to Writing & Language (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
It strikes me as political, but I don't know what the politics are, or why it happened when it did. Is it something like- PRC uses Pinyin and Taiwan uses Wade-Giles and our government wants to suck up to PRC so we want everyone here to use Pinyin? This site
says China "started to enforce its official name..." then. How do you enforce such a thing?