Evolution of Asian Writing Systems

Evolution of Asian Writing SystemsCan the gaping wound in the Chinese writing system between simplified and traditional characters ever be healed?


The thought may not occur to us as we go about our day-to-day translation work, dutifully creating distinct versions in traditional and simplified Chinese. Yet the Chinese script has gone through massive evolution over its history of thousands of years.

Could another historic change, a reunification, possibly be in the offing? There are growing signs of interest in such a prospect through the region.

This article aims to provide some historical perspectives on what led to the current situation, recent attempts and proposals, and what could or perhaps might happen in this regard in China, Japan and Korea in the not-so-distant future.

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This article was published in MultiLingual Computing magazine #118.