The Writing on the Wall: How Asian Orthography Curbs Creativity

by Wm. C. Hannas

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003.

ISBN: 0-8122-3711-0

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  • Introduction
  1. Japan's Creative Imitations
  2. Sources of Chinese Innovation
  3. Korean Technology Transfer
  4. Asia's Creativity Problem
  5. The Anatomy of Creativity
  6. Creativity and the Alphabet
  7. Asia's Orthographic Tradition
    • Chinese Writing sample chapter
    • Japan's Mixed Script
    • Korea's "Alphabet"
    • Writing Reform in East Asia
    • Vietnam's Unfinished Reform
  8. The Concrete Nature of Asian Writing
  9. The Impact of Language on Creativity
  10. Chinese Characters and Creativity
  11. Creativity and East Asian Society
  12. Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments