16 Facts About Chinese calligraphy


Chinese calligraphy is the writing of Chinese characters as an art form, combining purely visual art and interpretation of the literary meaning.

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Chinese calligraphy appreciated more or only for its aesthetic quality has a long tradition, and is today regarded as one of the arts in the countries where it is practised.

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Chinese calligraphy used to be popular in China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

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In Taiwan, students were requested to write Chinese calligraphy starting from primary school all the way to junior high school on a weekly basis at least to the year 1980.

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The "grass" in Chinese calligraphy was used in the sense of "coarse, rough; simple and crude.

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Some Variant Chinese calligraphy characters were unorthodox or locally used for centuries.

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People usually use Chinese calligraphy simplified characters in semi-cursive or regular style.

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Traditionally, Chinese calligraphy is written only in black ink, but modern calligraphers sometimes use other colors.

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Chinese calligraphy inkstones are highly prized as art objects and an extensive bibliography is dedicated to their history and appreciation, especially in China.

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Traditionally, the bulk of the study of Chinese calligraphy is composed of copying strictly exemplary works from the apprentice's master or from reputed calligraphers, thus learning them by rote.

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Basic Chinese calligraphy instruction is part of the regular school curriculum in both China and Japan and specialized programs of study exist at the higher education level in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

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Chinese calligraphy is being promoted in Chinese schools to counter Character amnesia brought on by technology usage.

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In recent study, Chinese calligraphy writing have been used as cognitive intervention strategy among older adults or people with mild cognitive impairment.

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For example, in a recent randomized control trial experiment, Chinese calligraphy writing enhanced both working memory and attention control compared to controlled groups.

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Japanese Chinese calligraphy extends beyond Han characters to include local scripts such as hiragana and katakana.

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Currently, in Vietnam, Chinese calligraphy is used for two types of characters: Han Nom and chu Quoc ngu.

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