Chinese Language Books as Medium of Re-presentation, Alphabet-based Books as Medium of Representation and the Paradigm of Medical Practices

By Rey Tiquia.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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The ‘Scope and Concerns’ section of the call for participation in this conference on books stated that ‘Whether by measure of the East or the West, the book is an old medium of representation’. I beg to disagree. From the measure of the paradigm of theory-as-practice, I see Chinese language books as re-presenting “accounts of connected events”‘ The use of the Chinese scripts or characters re-presents those connected events. They do not represent, nor depict, nor typify them. Alphabet-based languages like the English language are linguistic representational tools wherein the twenty six letters or symbols are strung together to represent speech sounds. Assembled in the right order, these symbols can generate words orally or in text to convey meaning.

Keywords: Chinese, Language, Re-presentation, Representation, Alphabet

International Journal of the Book, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.77-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 962.360KB).

Dr. Rey Tiquia

Honorary Fellow, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Dr. Rey Tiquia is a qualified practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). He took his BA from Manuel Luis Quezon University, Manila, Philippines, and his MSc and Ph.D. degrees in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Melbourne, Australia. His dissertation was entitled, Traditional Chinese Medicine as an Australian tradition of health care, and he has lectured on the history and philosophy of TCM at both University of Melbourne and Victoria University of Technology. In 2000, the Wellcome Trust invited him to facilitate a workshop for the Closed-Door Research Conference on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in London, UK. Since 1997, he has been an Honorary Professor at Shanxi College of TCM, Taiyuan City, China.

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