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Fun with Chinese Characters

Book shares Fun with Chinese Characters.

(NEW YORK-November 1, 2003)

We see it everyday. The latest trend in tattoos, grocery aisles stocked with teas, the art of feng shui and decorating with an Asian flair. The Asian culture has made its mark on America. But do we understand exactly what it is we are tattooing on our bodies and putting into our homes? Fun With Chinese Characters takes a whimsical look at the origins of the Chinese language and explains the meaning behind the symbols.

By letting readers see how Chinese characters are created, Fun With Chinese Characters, of which there is three volumes, shows the simplicity of the Chinese written language. In line with the visual nature of the Chinese language, the book uses cartoons to illustrate the origin of some of the most commonly used Chinese words. Fun With Chinese Characters includes more than 150 Chinese characters, all of which include definitions, pronunciations and how-to-write guides.

"We saw how popular the trend of using the Chinese character has become. It can be found in people’s tattoos, greeting cards and even department stores",” says Selina Yoon, the book’s publisher. "Since it is so en vogue, shouldn’t consumers understand the meaning behind these symbols? Fun With Chinese Characters meets that need – it makes the complex simple and it does so in a fun way."

Yoon is also president of Master Communications, a company that promotes cultural understanding by creating and distributing books, audio, video, crafts and dolls that are multicultural and multilingual. There are thousands of Asian-oriented products listed in its catalog;Asia for Kids.

Additional information:
Chinese is one of the oldest written languages. Because the Chinese characters are pictographic versus alphabetical, one must learn over three thousand Chinese characters to be considered literate in China.

- Chinese writing in traditional and simplified characters
- Pinyin pronunciation
- Black & white illustrations
- Character Stroke Order
- Chinese Definition in English
- Chinese Phrases
- Example Chinese sentence



Fun With Chinese Characters is a most enjoyable presentation showing the pictographic origins of common Chinese characters. Filled with cartoons ..., Fun With Chinese Characters is a first-rate and highly recommended supplementary resource for anyone attempting to learn the complex Chinese writing system, as the literal meanings of the characters also function as a mnemonic device.
- Midwest Book Review

"A minute into the introduction I knew how to read Chinese!! I was very surprised, I never thought it would be this simple. By the 20th page I was smiling and thinking, "Wow!! "
- Julie from California


With the humorous illustrations by cartoonist Tan Huay Peng, Fun with Chinese Characters pulls all the essential information for each Chinese character: the origin (Chinese etymology) of a character and its definition and more.

Knowing the origin greatly simplify the recognition the characters. Children and adults alike will love the cartoons which are often comical and clever. The first volume contains an in-depth introduction on the genesis of the characters. The third volume contains index of all 480 characters and their location.

Fun with Chinese Characters 1
Includes 175 illustrations 192 page
ISBN 1-932457-00-3

Fun with Chinese Characters 2
Includes 152 illustrations 160 page
ISBN 1-932457-01-1

Fun with Chinese Characters 3
Includes 148 illustrations 152 pages
ISBN 1-932457-02-X

Price: $14.95 each, 6.75" x 7.25" Binding: Trade paperback
Publication Date: February 2004.
Rights: United States and its territory, Canada


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