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ERIC Number: EJ883097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Aestheticism and Spiritualism: A Narrative Study of the Exploration of Self through the Practice of Chinese Calligraphy
Hue, Ming-Tak
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v44 n2 p18-30 Sum 2010
The heritage of calligraphy reflects the culture and history of a race and a nation. It hence has very great educational value. This study aims to examine the cultural meaning of Chinese calligraphy in general and specifically the connection of its aesthetic to spirituality. The methodologies of narrative approach and textual analysis were employed. Accordingly, the narratives of my personal experience and selected historical texts on calligraphy will be examined. This article argues that calligraphy serves more than a utilitarian function. It has also been used as an aesthetic practice and spiritual discipline. In Chinese societies like Hong Kong, it is still used as a practice of mindfulness for self-reflection, which leads practitioners to reflect in their minds and hearts and thus brings them into a harmonious relationship with others and the natural world. Lastly, this article draws school practitioners' attention to the importance of calligraphy for the whole-person growth of students and its implications for the promotion of multicultural education. (Contains 25 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong