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pnp Post time: 2017-11-27 13:25
No, Chinese can never be 'replaced by pinyin', it is very much a part of Chinese culture. They sho ...
The basic idea of handwriting (and learning it) is to look at something and then copy it many times. This is quite simple process (even with local charactersitics like remembering stroke order). The ability to learn it for future generations will not be lost, even if handwriting disappears from culture temporarily and the need for it comes again later.
Cultures change, and that's how new cultures are born too. There was no culture (Chinese or other) until sufficiently sustainable development occurred to last long enough to be called "culture" by later generations.
I think, that it is somewhat arrogant for current generations (and especially the older ones) to think that this is the peak of all cultural development, and block further development only on that ground.
In this thread I have yet to see a sustainable argument to defend the idea why handwriting should remain in advanced human cultures in future. People only state that it should, without giving any real reason.
As I wrote earlier, in my opinion technology (starting from printing press and continuing with mobile devices of today) has only made ability to read and write only much more important.
And here we get to two dimensions of writing.
One is the technical process in which you put your messages in whatever media.
And the second is to have sufficient vocabulary and grammar and ability to construct them in sentences so that your messages get understood.
It doesn't matter how many characters you can write, if you cannot build anything meaningful with them.
Most people in China and elsewhere already do not need handwriting for more than filling occassional form or writing their signature in store receipts. And both of those are increasingly possible without any handwriting too. Forms go on web, and identification is done by mobile device - or you fingers or eyes.
Even (or especially) those who write for living (authors for example), use computers for that.
Personally I am too old to send out handwritten love letters, and in case of some catastrophy that makes all electronic devices useless, I would have more to worry than my ability to write.
That said, I can still handwrite in my own language and English if need arises. Even if I didn't, there would be other skills that I would consider more important than writing by hand - such as speaking and reading Chinese for example. And even then, it would be sufficient for me to be able to read digitally printed characters and good sentences, and not so much random hieroglyphs in random order written by a random dude.