Love in China

The simplified Chinese characters used on the Mainland are often bemoaned because the simplification process got rid of the 'heart' in love. This is 'xin', the character meaning heart:


This is traditional character for love:


Note the little 'heart' in the middle of the character. But now have a look at the simplified character for love:


No heart! But now New Weekly (xin zhoukan) celebrates Valentines Day with an issue devoted to love, and their foxy designers have put the heart back into love:


Unfortunately, the magazine's report on love in China does not really have a heart. Neither does the cover story in the previous issue of New Weekly, called 'What's your name gorgeous? A century of chasing beautiful women'.


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