A Billion Cheers for a Billion Voices

Our shameless promotion of a new book by Dr. David Moser

Bragging rights alert! Dr. David Moser, Academic Director of our internship program in Beijing, has, once again, made the airwaves. His new book, A Billion Voices: China’s Search for a Common Language has gotten him coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, and the Economist.

As those of us who know David can attest, it’s not uncommon to hear him simultaneously exalt the wonder of the Chinese written language—“I actually have a great fascination and love for the Chinese characters….”—and pan them as obscenely difficult to master—“Yes, you have a language, but if you want mass literacy, this thing is a disaster….” His book brings this seeming contradiction to center stage, and traces not only the history of creating a unified language in China, but the challenges China still faces on its quest for universal literacy.

The book was published in spring of 2016, and has been available for purchase in the United States since early October. You can find it in paperback or for Kindle on Amazon. No promises that there will be copies available, though. David’s proud colleagues have purchased many.