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Online Lecture

Nüshu, a script created by self-educated women in a remote region of China

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  • Led By Lisa Huang 黄丽莎
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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 Nüshu 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.

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