The secret behind how Chinese characters work – Gina Marie Elia

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Trace the history of Chinese characters, and find out how this writing system has changed and evolved over thousands of years.

According to legend, in the 27th century BCE, the Yellow Emperor of China charged his historian, Cangjie, to develop a system of writing. Sitting alongside a riverbank, Cangjie noted the imagery that surrounded him. From this, he created the first Chinese characters. So, how has Chinese evolved in the last 3,000 years? Gina Marie Elia explores the history of one of the earliest written languages.

Lesson by Gina Marie Elia, directed by PeiHsin Cho.

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