SOAS History Seminar
History offers one weekly seminar for invited speakers and provides an opportunity for scholars, students and the public from around London to engage with issues at the heart of historical research on Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
- How Fangyan became Dialects: A history of language and nationalism in China
Gina Anne Tam (Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas)
What does it mean to speak the Chinese language? The most common answer to this question would be Mandarin, the national language of the People’s Republic of China. Yet within China, the languages spoken on the streets of China's cities and towns are often not its national language.