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Appreciation of fountain pen calligraphy

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A few years back when I visited the American National Archive, I saw some masterpieces of Chinese calligraphy which were actually the handwritten offcial documents of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) that were taken and stored in the US. I was really amazed, exclaiming "Aren't they in print?" but the answer is no. They are 100% real handwriting done by the secretarial clerks to the high officials or the officials themselves. As we all know, in those days, an offcial that could become an official ultimately was based on his academic merits, which of course included the skill of writing. But looking at intelligentias today, some may have good writing skills but lack other knowledge, or simply they are not as comprehensively developed as their predecessors in the Qing Dynasty or the Republic of China period.

Here I would like to present the work of my friend, who left me with this work when we departed each other from a meeting of literary exchanges. It is a poem of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the meaning of which I haven't got to the bottom because it was written in the ancient Chinese language, haha, so you could enjoy it if you love Chinese language and cultures.

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Reply Report SEARU 2019-4-8 16:41
In ancient China ‘students’ were asked or forced to put almost all of their energy on brush-writing and bamboo-calculator sums. So many ordinary scholars had good skill on calligraphy and calculation with the wooden instrument!  Those old family documents on farmland-trading kept in my home village can prove the fact!
Reply Report kevinruud 2019-4-8 22:06
SEARU: In ancient China ‘students’ were asked or forced to put almost all of their energy on brush-writing and bamboo-calculator sums. So many ordinary sch ...
Why not show us your family heirloom? Today's students are too tired to make good writings in their daily work.
Reply Report SEARU 2019-4-9 09:02
kevinruud: Why not show us your family heirloom? Today's students are too tired to make good writings in their daily work.
This is a good idea! But I have not uploaded any photo onto the forum since one year ago due to technical problem! Maybe The CD meeds hardware updating or improvement!  Sooner or later I will do the job!

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    • Appreciation of fountain pen calligraphy 2019-4-9 09:02

      kevinruud: Why not show us your family heirloom? Today's students are too tired to make good writings in their daily work.
      This is a good idea! But I have not uploaded any photo onto the forum since one year ago due to technical problem! Maybe The CD meeds hardware updating or improvement!  Sooner or later I will do the job!

    • Appreciation of fountain pen calligraphy 2019-4-8 22:06

      SEARU: In ancient China ‘students’ were asked or forced to put almost all of their energy on brush-writing and bamboo-calculator sums. So many ordinary sch ...
      Why not show us your family heirloom? Today's students are too tired to make good writings in their daily work.

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