/The Charm of Calligraphy
This year is my year abroad year at EdinburghUniversity so we are tasked to study intensively andimprove our Chinese as much as we can. For this reason,we were set the challenge of writing a 1500-2000 Chinese character essay on the subject of our choice. I recently attend a set of Chinesecalligraphy classes and learnt the fundamentalrules and brief history of Chinese (and Asian) calligraphy.I was struck by the fact that as Chinese is a character-basedlanguage, calligraphy is important in daily life and in wider society. This makes it an interesting comparison toWestern calligraphy, which does not have such a clear place in society or people’s lives. In this essay, I attemptto compare the two traditions and place them in a historicalcontext. I briefly look at the development of both Western and Asiancalligraphy. Finally, I question and debate calligraphy’s importancein modern life. It should be noted that, due toreasons of length, this is a brief overview of calligraphy.Also, as written in Chinese, cannot be as insightful or well-researched as written in my mother tongue, English.