Character Amnesia: Forgetting Culture In China And Japan

Character Amnesia: Forgetting Culture In China And Japan
technology

Concerns are rising that traditional writing is going extinct due to overuse of technology by the younger generation.

Michael Brooks
  • 27 august 2010

Is text messaging culture in China and Japan hurting young people’s ability write and remember characters?  All school children in both Japan and China spend many grueling hours committing to memory the entire character system. But with heavy use of computers and mobile technologies, a phenomenon known as “character amnesia” is spreading. Computers and other gadgets are based on alphabet systems. Young people report an increasing difficulty in remembering characters.

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