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The Resource The writing on the wall : how Asian orthography curbs creativity, William C. Hannas

The writing on the wall : how Asian orthography curbs creativity, William C. Hannas

Label
The writing on the wall : how Asian orthography curbs creativity
Title
The writing on the wall
Title remainder
how Asian orthography curbs creativity
Statement of responsibility
William C. Hannas
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Students in Japan, China, and Korea are among the world's top performers on standardized math and science tests. The nations of East Asia are also leading manufacturers of consumer goods that incorporate scientific breakthroughs in telecommunications, optics, and transportation. Yet there is a startling phenomenon known throughout Asia as the "creativity problem." While East Asians are able to use science, they have not demonstrated the ability to invent radically new systems and paradigms that lead to new technologies. In fact, the legal and illegal transfer of technology from the West to the East is one of the most contentious international business issues. Yet Asians who study and work in the West and depend upon Western languages for their research are among the most creative and talented scientists, no less so than their Western counterparts. William C. Hannas contends that this paradox emerges from the nature of East Asian writing systems, which are character-based rather than alphabetic. Character-based orthographies, according to the author, lack the abstract features of alphabetic writing that model the thought processes necessary for scientific creativity. When first learning to read, children who are immersed in a character-based culture are at a huge disadvantage because such writing systems do not cultivate the ability for abstract thought. Despite the overwhelming body of evidence that points to the cognitive side-effects, the cultural importance of character-based writing makes the adoption of an alphabet unlikely in the near future
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
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1946-
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Hannas, Wm. C.
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Encounters with Asia
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  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Creative ability
  • East Asia
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Creative ability
  • Language and languages
  • East Asia
Label
The writing on the wall : how Asian orthography curbs creativity, William C. Hannas
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-336) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn859162308
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (348 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812202168
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gc12
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162308
Label
The writing on the wall : how Asian orthography curbs creativity, William C. Hannas
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 323-336) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn859162308
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (348 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812202168
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gc12
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859162308

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