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Media: NYT: Arts: Chinese writing

Submitter: Karen Chung

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Media Body: The Arts section of the May 3, 2003 online edition of the New York
Times has the following article:

Writing as a Block for Asians
By Emily Eakin

The first two paragraphs:

Western theories about Chinese writing have often been tainted by
ignorance and prejudice, oscillating between wide-eyed veneration and
smug disdain.

Though he could not read Chinese, Leibniz, for example, held it in
high repute, dreaming of a universal script ¡X intelligible to
speakers of all languages ¡X modeled on Chinese characters. By
contrast, Hegel dismissed Chinese "hieroglyphics" as primitive. More
recently, Ezra Pound, a famous admirer and translator of Chinese
poetry, helped spread the still-popular misconception that Chinese
characters are simply "ideograms": visual symbols of things and ideas.

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Karen Steffen Chung

Issue Number: 14.1249
Date Posted: May 04, 2003

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