For a Kinder, Gentler Society
The Origin of Chinese Characters
An Illustrated History and Word Guide
  • Kihoon Lee
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In China, an educated person has to know 8,000 characters or more - a daunting task by any measure. Meanwhile, Western students struggle to learn a few hundred of them. How much easier it is to learn, when you have a clue as to the origins and hidden meanings of the symbols!

An enthusiastic educator and a highly esteemed scholar in Chinese calligraphy explores ancient life in China and shows how the characters derived from early pictograms. He presents groups of words together with glimpses of early life, opening our eyes to Asian traditions and concepts as well as the words to describe them.


About the Author

Kihoon Lee graduated from Yonsei University in Seoul and earned his master's degree at Beijing Language and Culture University in China. His thesis focused on the study of the historical relationship between China and Korea, drawing on a wealth of archeological artifacts.

A past President of Seoul's Chinese Teachers' Association, he is a member of the board providing test questions for the nation's Chinese Examinations. Mr. Lee has written many books in the areas of Chinese Education, Ancient Eastern History, and the Origin of the Chinese Culture. His work has received international praise by scholars and newspapers. His aim in writing these books is to help the people of the world understand their common cultural aspects and to treasure our human heritage.

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Used in East Asia for over 2000 years, the Hanzi (set of Chinese characters) is beautiful in typography and from an artistic perspective. Today's Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese character sets all originated here. However, due to...
Used in East Asia for over 2000 years, the Hanzi (set of Chinese characters) is beautiful in typography and from an artistic perspective. Today's Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese character sets all originated here. However, due to historical and cultural changes, few people remember and recognize the original meanings of the characters. Therefore, it essentially required the skills of a talented code-breaker to discern the etymology and history behind them.

Relating details of Chinese history, anthropology and culture, the author shows how characters evolved from simple illustrations into more calligraphic symbols. Copious illustrations of archaeological artifacts and scenes from ancient life give the cultural context.

For the more ambitious readers, vocabulary (with a pronunciation guide) is introduced in a friendly format and the author also provides step-by-step diagrams showing how to produce 600 words in proper Chinese calligraphy.


Year: 2018
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