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Letterform Archive | Nüshu, a script created by self-educated women in a remote region of China with Lisa Huang

Hosted/Organized by: Letterform Archive

Co-presented by San Francisco Public Library
Online Lecture at Letterform Archive
Tue, Mar 16, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PDT

Nüshu is a writing system created and developed by women in the remote area of Jiangyong in the Hunan region of China. It was born out of the necessity to communicate in a medieval time when writing and reading were forbidden to women. After the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, literacy in Mandarin Chinese made a lot of progress and Nüshi fell out of use. Now, there is renewed interest in the script due to its historical and sociological particularity, but also for all the incredible culture that grew from and around it.