Overseas students have a brush with Chinese calligraphy
Updated: 2017-01-23

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Overseas students from Shanghai International Studies University have a close encounter with Chinese calligraphy art in Shanghai on Jan 21. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The best way to learn about Chinese culture is to get to know Chinese characters. A group of overseas students from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) were given the chance to do just that by trying their hands at Chinese calligraphy art in Shanghai on Jan 21.

The free taster session was part of a series of cultural activities called Taste of Calligraphy, Spirit of China designed to introduce people to the age-old art form.

With help from 12 renowned calligraphers, the students wrote Chinese New Year-themed couplets onto pairs of paper scrolls, and printed the popular Chinese character, fu, which means fortune or good luck, onto square pieces of paper or fabric.

Writing festive couplets onto pairs of red scrolls and hanging them over one's front door is a widespread custom in China during the Chinese New Year holiday, as is hanging up square pieces of paper or cloth with the character fu.

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International students from SISU practice writing the Chinese character fu, which means fortune or good luck, on a square piece of paper or fabric during an activity in Shanghai on Jan 21. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

Yang Jianwen, a master in ancient Chinese poetry and calligraphy, even composed an impromptu poem to share his delight and best wishes with the students.

"We should take advantage of our profound culture to nurture the relationship between Chinese and overseas people," Yang said.

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The renowned calligrapher Yang Jianwen helps students write the Chinese character fu, which means fortune or good luck, during an activity in Shanghai on Jan 21. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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