Li Laoshi Visits from Princeton

January 24, 2019

Yike Li, a Chinese Language Lecturer from Princeton University, visited the class on Thursday to give a guest lecture. He taught the class the history and evolution of Chinese characters, and shared his personal experience with Chinese calligraphy. His favorite calligrapher is Yan Zhenqing (颜真卿). He also led students through a hands-on demonstration of writing 福 (fú), meaning "good fortune". Typically, 福 is displayed upsidedown because in Chinese both "upsidedown" and "to arrive" are pronounced "dào", therefore "fú dào" means both "'good fortune' upsidedown" and "good fortune arrives". Some student work is shown below.