Handwriting and the Keyboard
Over thousands of years, generations of Chinese have developed handwritten hanzi into a calligraphic art and means. However, with the advent of modern technology, handwritten hanzi seems to be on the decline
Hanzi Crisis
In the digital age, people are becoming adept at inputting Chinese characters, or hanzi, into computers or cellphones, using little more than thumb and forefinger. While many have abandoned the habit of using a pen, some can't even remember the last time they had to physically write something down
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China's Ministry of Education requires Chinese calligraphy education to be made a required course at primary and middle schools
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Debate on whether the time is ripe to introduce e-textbooks remains widespread among education experts, teachers, parents, electronic textbook publishers
The Origin and Evolution Of Chinese Characters

As one of the oldest forms of writing in the world, Chinese characters have survived for over 4,000 years. Today, it is the language spoken by the largest population in the world.

Chinese characters have their origins in ancient rock drawings, and were first utilized as part of a mature writing system during the Shang Dynasty (about 16th-11th century B.C.).

Having evolved from scripts on animal shells, bones and bronze ware, hanzi embodies the wisdom of traditional Chinese culture.

The invention of printing technology and the availability of Chinese characters in computers have further facilitated its popularization.

Chinese writing is not only the carrier of Chinese culture, but has generated many forms of art such as calligraphy and seal cutting.

(Source: National Museum of Chinese Characters in Anyang)

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