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Here’s the second post relating to language planning and script reform. This article by Professor Joseph Lo Bianco is found in the edited volume by professors Nanette Gottlieb and Chen Ping (2001) entitled Language Planning and Language Policy: East Asian Perspectives. The volume provides rich insights on the developments of languages and scripts in each unique environment of East Asia. In the case of Vietnam, a variety of factors promoted the use of the script and not a central planning effort.