"Change is Improving a Copy"

08Oct07

The Chinese and Japanese languages are written with thousands of pictograms, each drawn with separate strokes. To master a character, you not only need to know its meaning, but also the order and direction in which all the dashes are drawn to form the character. Changes are not allowed, let alone developing your own handwriting.(…) Thus copying has reached the level of an art and has become a way of living.

The Cultural Advantage, by Mijnd Huijser

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