Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 19, Issue 1, 2022

Conceptual History: China, Asia, and the Global

Jianhua Wang
Pages 101-120

The Latinxua Sin Wenz Movement in the Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia Border Region of China
Centred on Winter schools in Yan’an County

In October 1940, the government of the Shaanxi-Ganjiang-Ningxia Border Region used Yan’an County as the center for trying out the Latinxua Sin Wenz Movement for winter schools. It went through three stages: experimentation, promotion, and reformation. Faced with insurmountable difficulties, the Education Department quietly terminated the project in 1943. The foremost reason why the Communist Party promoted this project was to remove the obstacle posed by Chinese characters for eliminating illiteracy. Despite problems such as ignorance of the officials, uncultured teachers, resistance from intellectuals, subjective and unrealistic beliefs, the Latinxua Sin Wenz Movement in border regions of China could not be ignored since it brought out the tension between popular culture and nationalism.