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Introduction to oracle script (Jia Gu Wen)

This talk will be in Chinese, conducted by our fellow meetup member, Jia Yi.

About the speaker: Jia Yi works as a full time optometrist. Having an deep interest in Chinese language and culture, she took up a part-time degree in Chinese language and literature. She learnt about the history or oracle script during her course, finding Chinese etymology fasciating. For this talk, Jia Yi is happy to share with rest on what she learnt on oracle script.

The talk is held in the Serangoon Public library, in NEX mall of Serangoon (Level 4R).

 Contents of the talk:

Why do we need to have words

Types of words "system"

Pre-word Era

Intro to Oracle Script

"Father" of Oracle Script

"Address" of Oracle Script

Oracle Script & Divination

Content of Oracle Script

How are Oracle Script form

Characteristic of Oracle Script

Evolution of Chinese Character

Some background information about Oracle script:

This is an ancient Chinese writing characters used for divination. It is traced back to as early as Shang dynasty.

Program highlights:

1) Ice-breaking

2) Talk begins

3) Discussion and sharing among audience

4) Refreshments (Yes. Free refreshments provided by the library)

5) Dinner together

6) Casual session of card games(San Guo Sha and others) or mix and mingle in Wendy's

Some things to note:

1)The library is cold. Please bring a jacket

2) We would like to create a critical thinking culture and hear your thoughts on the topic discussed. Here's a way to encourage you to speak up. Instead of presenting and speaking in front of the group, you can post your comments on my facebook page. I will open and create the post on the day itself.

3) Please update your RSVP. Only reply "yes", if you are seriously showing up. Put yourself in the shoe of the speaker. It's quite demoralising for the speaker to see 30 "yes" but only 10 showed up. Also, the library will prepare refreshment accordingly to the expected number of participants. Its not nice to see the food wasted.


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  • Yang Q.

    Ppt slides r up

    May 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative, great job!!!

    April 30, 2013

  • Miu L.

    It's awesome! It's fun and interesting! And Jia Yi rocks!

    April 30, 2013

  • Yang Q.

    Hi. Slides will be uploaded only at the end of the week.

    April 29, 2013

  • Carl

    Why half a year later?

    October 31, 2012

    • Jia Y.

      found another one, this is in xiao zhuan. and they show how it look on the seal itself.­

      April 29, 2013

    • Carl

      thank you again. :)

      April 29, 2013

  • James Q.

    Er... Wasn't the presentation file uploaded yesterday. I can't seem to find it here.

    April 29, 2013

  • Tong WeiQiang, A.


    April 29, 2013

  • Ann S.

    Morning Qinli, Much as I would like to attend this anticipated talk but some urgent matter cropped up at home, sorry I have to give this
    meeting a miss. Thank you for organising. Regards

    April 28, 2013

  • Edmund Lim Kok H.

    Sounds exciting =)

    April 23, 2013

  • James Q.

    I'll be there!

    April 22, 2013

  • Jia Y.

    Tianyun sorry I am unable to help you learn how to write it, but I included how these words are being form, and I will include a website that show how they look like. Hope this is helpful.

    April 22, 2013

  • Oon Tian S.

    I am coming alone to learn more about the chinese culture and make friends.

    March 29, 2013

  • Hoong Kah K.

    Sure, I wil try to make it this time!

    December 22, 2012

  • Tianyun

    Would we learn how to write them?

    September 25, 2012

  • Peter G.

    I wrote a militay historical novel about the Han, Xiongnu conflict in 36 BC. Does anyone have any interest in this period and it's events.
    Please check out my website:
    It deals with the theory that Roman soldiers could have reached China at this time.

    August 3, 2012

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