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Lydia H. Liu: In the Kanjisphere, 7 April 2022

Kingdom of Characters: A Tale of Language, Obsession and Genius in Modern China 
by Jing Tsu.
Allen Lane, 314 pp., £20, January, 978 0 241 29585 4
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... quixotic linguistic pursuits until he, too, had to flee Japan’s bombing campaigns in 1938. As Jing Tsu points out in Kingdom of Characters, Du may not have been aware of Basic but as the librarian of Sun Yat-sen University he knew the Dewey Decimal Classification. He invented a new indexing system to bring order to the unruly world of Chinese ...

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