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近代漢字研究的意義 The Significance of Modern Chinese Character Studies


School of Chinese Seminar


The Significance of Modern Chinese Character Studies



Speaker: Professor ZHANG Yongquan 張涌泉教授 (Zhejiang University)

Moderator: Professor TANG Pui Ling鄧佩玲教授 (HKU)


Date: January 31, 2024 (Wed)

Time: 16:30-18:00


Venue: CRT-7.30, 7/F, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU


Language: Putonghua


*Pre-registration (Click HERE) is requested.*



The study of the historical development of Chinese characters can be categorized into three distinct periods: early Chinese characters, modern Chinese characters, and contemporary Chinese characters. Early Chinese characters, commonly known as guwenzi, pertain to the characters used prior to the small seal script. Modern Chinese characters, however, encompass the characters predominantly employed from the Qin and Han dynasties up until the early 20th century, characterized by clerical script and regular script. Contemporary Chinese characters, on the other hand, denote the characters used to record modern Chinese language since the May Fourth Movement. This seminar explores the significance of modern Chinese character studies from various perspectives. It investigates the establishment of a comprehensive system for Chinese etymology, a correct understanding of Chinese character simplification, the standardization and unification of Chinese characters, the collation and analysis of ancient texts, and the compilation of large-scale dictionaries. It advocates for the establishment of a new field dedicated to modern Chinese character studies and emphasizes the critical importance of conducting extensive research on modern Chinese characters.




About the Speaker:

Professor Zhang Yongquan was born in 1956 in Yiwu, Zhejiang province. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Sichuan University. Currently, he serves as Professor and Director of the Academic Committee in the Faculty of Arts, as well as the Director of the Research Centre for Dunhuang Studies, at Zhejiang University. In 2005, he was selected as one of the first batch of Senior Specialists in Zhejiang Province. In 2006, he was appointed as a Changjiang Scholar Distinguished Professor by the Ministry of Education, China. Since 2014, he has held the position of Senior Professor in Humanities at Zhejiang University. Professor Zhang also holds several concurrent positions. He is a member of the National Leading Group for the Compilation and Publication Planning of Ancient Texts. Additionally, he serves as the Vice President of the Society for the Studies of Chinese Characters and the President of the Linguistic Society of Zhejiang Province.





1) The seminar will only be conducted in a face-to-face mode.

2) All those who would like to attend the seminar are required to register online (Click HERE) on a first-come, first-served basis;

3) Email of confirmation will be sent to the registered email addresses and participants have to show the screenshot or print-out version of the email for entry of the seminar venue;

4) Walk-in or late-comers will not be allowed for entry of the seminar venue unless situation allows.


ALL are welcome*

*Pre-registration (Click HERE) is requested.