Saturday, October 31, 2015

Chinese professor punishes tardy students by making them write 56-stroke character 1,000 times

PHOTO: Professor Wang Sijun's unusual punishment of making students pen a horribly complicated Chinese character 1,000 times.
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You would not want to be late for Mr Wang Sijun's class.

To discipline frequent latecomers, the professor who teaches at the Chengdu College of University of Electronic Science and Technology in China's Sichuan province came up with the unusual punishment of making them pen a horribly complicated Chinese character 1,000 times.

The character, pronounced "biang", is made up of at least 56 (58, see following picture) strokes and has its origins in a noodle dish popular in the north-western province of Shaanxi.



Biáng, the most complex chinese characters, is made up of at least 58 strokes and has its origins in a noodle dish popular in the north-western province of Shaanxi. The character is not found in modern dictionaries or even in the Kangxi dictionary.
PHOTO: Biáng, the most complex chinese characters, is made up of at least 58 strokes and has its origins in a noodle dish popular in the north-western province of Shaanxi. The character is not found in modern dictionaries or even in the Kangxi dictionary.
The character is composed of (speak; 7 strokes) in the middle flanked by (tiny; 2×3 strokes) on both sides. Below it, (horse; 10 strokes) is similarly flanked by (grow; 2×8 strokes). This central block itself is surrounded by (moon; 4 strokes) to the left, (heart; 4 strokes) below, (knife; 2 strokes) on the right, and (eight; 2 strokes) above. These in turn are surrounded by a second layer of characters, namely (roof; 3 strokes) on the top and (walk; 4 strokes) curving around the left and bottom.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biangbiang_noodles
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Known as biang biang noodles and typically eaten by commoners, it gained nationwide fame in February 2014 when China President Xi Jinping was spotted tucking into a bowl during a visit his hometown of Xi'an, Shaanxi's capital city.

According to local media, Mr Wang was inspired by the noodles after a trip to Shaanxi earlier this month.

The penalty has been meted out to two students thus far - with interesting results.

The first, a female student surnamed Cheng, said it was too tiring to continue after writing it 200 times. She asked for a different punishment and promised Mr Wang she would never be late for class again.



The first, a female student surnamed Cheng, said it was too tiring to continue after writing it 200 times. She asked for a different punishment and promised Mr Wang she would never be late for class again.
PHOTO: The first, a female student surnamed Cheng, said it was too tiring to continue after writing it 200 times.
She asked for a different punishment and promised Mr Wang she would never be late for class again.
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Instead of even attempting to write the character, the second student, Zhou Feng offered to draw one hundred terracotta warriors instead, a task he took two hours to complete.



The second student, Zhou Feng offered to draw one hundred terracotta warriors instead, a task he took two hours to complete.
PHOTO: The second student, Zhou Feng offered to draw one hundred terracotta warriors instead, a task he took two hours to complete.
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Mr Wang's novel punishment has since gone viral, with netizens on micro-blogging platform Weibo sharing the character and praising him for being creative.

In March, another Chinese character took the spotlight. Pronounced "duang", it was formed using a combination of actor Jackie Chan's name.


By Lee Min Kok, The Straits Times, Saturday, 31 October 2015
This article was first published on 30 October 2015.
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Here are other complex characters: 
 
Another complex characters: The kanji character has 84 strokes, and means: Appearance of a dragon in flight
PHOTO: Another complex characters: The kanji character has 84 strokes, and means: Appearance of a dragon in flight
Taito, daito, or otodo,
Taito 1.svg, is a kokuji "kanji character invented in Japan" written with 84 strokes, and thus the most graphically difficult CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages) character—collectively referring to Chinese characters and derivatives used in the written Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages. This rare and complex character graphically combines the 36-stroke tai (with tripled "cloud") meaning "cloudy" above the 48-stroke (tripled "dragon") "appearance of a dragon in flight".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taito_%28kanji%29
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Zhé, Zhé.svg/𪚥 (U+2A6A5), has 64 strokes, and it means: Verbose (talkative)
PHOTO: 瑞恩 Ruì ēn, in a different punishment
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