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Beijing (AsiaNews) - Words like "God", "Bible" and "Christ" have been erased from a textbook for elementary school children. In an attempt to reduce adhesion to religions (and in particular to Christianity), or to submit them to forced "synicization", these words have been censored even in stories by foreign authors.
At the beginning of the year, the government linked Publishers for the Education of the People, printed a book for fifth grade students, which contains four stories by foreign writers and others by classical Chinese authors.
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According to the Chinese Mministry for Education, the book aims to offer students an understanding of other cultures. Unfortunately, however, the stories are manipulated to respond to the imperative of the Party to stifle any religious reference.
In the story of the "Little Match Girl", by Hans Christian Andersen, at a certain point, the child's dead grandmother appears to her in vision who tells her: "When a star falls, a soul goes to be with God". In the "Chinese" version, the grandmother says: "When a star falls, a person leaves this world".
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Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" also suffered censorship: shipwrecked on an isolated island, the adventurous protagonist manages to recover three copies of the Bible from the remains of the...
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