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This is so cool

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4356095/

excerpt:

Only men learned to read and write Chinese, and bound feet and social strictures confined women to their husband's homes after marriage. So somehow -- scholars are unsure how, or exactly when -- the women of this fertile valley in the southwestern corner of Hunan province developed their own way to communicate. It was a delicate, graceful script handed down from grandmother to granddaughter, from elderly aunt to adolescent niece, from girlfriend to girlfriend -- and never, ever shared with the men and boys.

So was born nushu, or women's script, a single-sex writing system that Chinese scholars believe is the only one of its kind.

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dawnd
Mar. 12th, 2004 01:46 pm (UTC)
That is so awesomely cool! Thanks for sharing.
tedesson
Mar. 12th, 2004 03:40 pm (UTC)
A canadian filmmaker
Made a documentary on this topic in the late 90s (or it could have been 2000, but not much later than that).

It sounded amazing.

She interviewed a few of the last practitioners of this language.

usqueba
Mar. 12th, 2004 09:55 pm (UTC)
That is SO cool!
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