Toughts, news and small talk mainly concerning China from a berlin perspective

4/09/2005

Laogai becomes german word?



Chinabl├Ątter pointed to this today:

The Laogai Research Foundation (LRF) is pleased to announce the addition of the word "laogai" into the renowned German dictionary Duden Die deutsche Rechtschreibung 2004 (23rd edition). In 2003, the word "laogai" was also added into the Oxford English Dictionary. LRF hopes that as awareness about the laogai system in China continues to increase, pressure will grow for the system to be abolished.

Maybe someone sometime used the term laogai somewhere, but I never found it in a german newspaper till now and I duobt that it will become a common one. Mostly journalists write "the chinese gulags" when they reffer to the laogais.

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