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Esperanto and Chinese anarchism in the 1920s and 1930s

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Esperanto in China and among the Chinese diaspora was for long periods closely linked with anarchism. This article looks at the history of the Chinese Esperanto movement after the repatriation of anarchism to China in the 1910s. It examines Esperanto’s political connections in the Chinese setting and the arguments used by its supporters to promote the language. In exploring the role played by Esperanto in interwar Chinese culture and politics, it helps to throw light on the complex relationship between language and politics in China in the first half of the twentieth century.
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Keywords: China; Esperanto; anarchism; communism; language politics; language reform

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: University of Heidelberg 2: Cardiff University

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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