I. A. Richards and Wu Mi were both great admirers and practitioners of Confucianism, but their interpretations of the Confucian doctrine of Chung Yung were slightly different, and as a result of this delicate disparity, they sought two different linguistic solutions to the problems of modernity in China. Richards was a firm advocate of simple and quick Basic English while Wu was a steadfast opponent of Vernacular Chinese which, like Basic, aims to eliminate illiteracy and advance Western civilisation in China.


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