Lydia H. Liu

Lydia H. Liu is the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. Her books include The Freudian Robot and The Clash of Empires.

Alphabetarchy: In the Kanjisphere

Lydia H. Liu, 7 April 2022

Towards​ the end of the 19th century an existential crisis hit China. How could the hanzi script – the system of characters used for millennia across China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam – survive into the modern era, with its global communications networks enabled by those transformative Western inventions, the telegraph and the typewriter? Hanzi script had tens of thousands of...

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