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Sharing the Beauty of China: Chinese Characters

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Language: English
Page: 240
Publication Date: 08/2018
ISBN: 9787508540153
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Chinese characters are square-shaped ideograms and the only ancient language alive in the world. The existence of Chinese characters is a miracle in the human civilization history. Today, Chinese characters are still developing. This ancient language used by most people in the world is embracing the future vigorously. This book briefly introduces basic knowledge about China’s profound culture of Chinese characters with easily understandable words and exquisite pictures. It will take readers on a relaxing and interesting journey in the “kingdom of Chinese characters”.

About Author

Han Jiantang, a native of Tianjin and a TCSL (Teaching Chinese as Second Language) teacher at Tianjin Normal University, began to engage in TCSL education and research in 1985, and was dispatched by the State Education Commission in 1994 to give lectures at Mongolian National University, Ulaanbaatar for three years. Publications: China’s Cultural Heritage (1994), Approaching Traditional Chinese Art (2001), The Culture of Chinese Characters – With Illustrations by Pictures (2005), Inscriptions on Bones and Tortoise Shells from the Yin Ruins – With Illustrations by Pictures (2009) and The Culture of Chinese Characters (2010). Hundreds of his illustrations were published in books, newspapers and periodicals; his prints were displayed at three artwork exhibitions in Tianjin; his brick-relief prints were exhibited at the National Art Museum of China.

Table of Contents
Foreword
The Dawn of Civilization
Graphic Characters of the River Civilization
Different Fates of Graphic Characters of the River Civilization
Common Choice of Graphic Ideograph
Origin of Han Characters
Legends in Ancient Time
Exploration of the Origination of Han Characters
Evolvement of Forms of Han Characters
Ancient Drawing-like Characters
Modern Characters Dissimilar to Drawings
Mainstream in the Develop-ment of Han Characters
Formation of Han Characters
Ancient Formation of “Six Categories”
Formation Methods of Han Characters
Form and Structure of Modern Han Characters
Causes of the Square Form of Han Characters
Mystery of Modern Han Characters
Pictographic Elements in the Form of Modern Han Characters
The Use of Pictographic Elements in the Form of Han Characters
Han Characters and Chinese Language
Han Characters Adapt Themselves to Actual Chinese Language
Han Characters Are the Basic Structural Units in Chinese Language
Han Characters Have Strong Word-formation Ability
Han Characters Have the Property beyond Dialects and Times
“Sinosphere”
Chinese History Narrated in Han Characters
Social Life in Ancient Time
Show of Ancient Civilization Sights
The Art of Han Characters
Calligraphic Art of Han Characters
Appreciation on Famous Calligraphy Treasures
Commercial-art Han Characters
Seal Art of Han Characters
Stepping into Information Age
Computer Processing of Han Character Information
Cheers and Worries in the Information Age for Han Characters
 
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