Recently, I wrote about how to use special characters to identify languages that use Latin alphabets. But what about all those other alphabets? You can't be expected to memorize them all, of course.
Calligraphy, or the art of writing, was the visual art form prized above all others in traditional China. The genres of painting and calligraphy emerged simultaneously, sharing identical tools—namely, brush and ink. Yet calligraphy was revered as a fine art long before painting ; indeed, it was not until the Song dynastywhen painting became closely allied with calligraphy in aim, form, and technique, that painting shed its status as mere craft and joined the higher ranks of the fine arts
Many East Asian scripts can be written horizontally or vertically. ChineseJapanese and Korean scripts can be oriented in either direction, as they consist mainly of disconnected logographic or syllabic units, each occupying a square block of space, thus allowing for flexibility for which direction texts can be written, be it horizontally from left-to-right, horizontally from right-to-left, vertically from top-to-bottom, and even vertically from bottom-to-top. Traditionally, ChineseJapaneseand Korean are written vertically in columns going from top to bottom and ordered from right to left, with each new column starting to the left of the preceding one.
Chinese characters do not constitute an alphabet or a compact syllabary. Rather, the writing system is roughly logosyllabic ; that is, a character generally represents one syllable of spoken Chinese and may be a word on its own or a part of a polysyllabic word. The characters themselves are often composed of parts that may represent physical objects, abstract notions,  or pronunciation. Various current Chinese characters have been traced back to the late Shang Dynasty about — BC,    but the process of creating characters is thought to have begun some centuries earlier.
An enraged Young, played by Michelle Yeohmakes one phone call to her husband, who buys the hotel — an act that has been hailed as Asian empowerment. But many more vignettes of ostentatious acquisition and wealth follow. Even the pet dogs are called Astor and Rockefeller.
An inner-Sydney council proposal to regulate the language of shop signs has significant implications for multicultural policy. Strathfield City Council recently voted for a motion that states :. The proposal raises two important questions.
That ugly exclamation rattled the ears of editor Michael Luo who, with family and friends in tow, headed to get lunch at a nearby Korean restaurant on the Upper East Side streets of Manhattan last month. Luo wrote an open letter in the New York Times to the white woman who roared it, telling her how such verbal daggers sever Asian-Americans from their citizenship. We shower sympathy on black and brown people; Asian-Americans experience but a sprinkle.
I am an unabashed lover of emojis. Do you know that the Full Emoji Data actually loads super-quick when I visit because I go there so often most of the data is cached my browser already. Have you scrolled through the entire list of emojis, got to the symbol section and wondered why those Chinese character symbols are there? Well, I ponder such deep questions often throughout my day.
I was reading novels by kindergarten totally spelled that wrong the first time, fail and I prided myself on the fact that I had an extensive vocabulary for a toddler. I had been speaking English with exquisite finesse up to that point in my life okay, that may all be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. I carried forth with my days throwing raisins at the teacher and drawing cartoon characters on the desks.