A SAGE Journal


The Chinese script, Confucian script, and Nôm script: Some reflections on writing and politics in monarchical Vietnam

Tuấn-Cường Nguyễn 阮俊强,Anh-Chưởng Bùi 裴英掌

发布时间:2020-11-26    点击次数:

【摘要】“Confucian script” 儒字 (chữ Nho) has become a unique name used to refer to the “Chinese script” 漢字 (chữ Hán) in Vietnamese. The integration between Chinese script and Confucianism had progressed through monarchical centuries, motivated by Vietnam’s political tradition. Supported by rulers of the country, Chinese script overwhelmed the difference of languages, became the official writing system, and therefore held great influence on important activities of government such as administration, diplomacy, education, and employment. By looking carefully at how Vietnamese monarchs managed to manipulate the Chinese script, Nôm script, and Confucianism to serve their political purposes, we stress that it was Confucianism that served as the link tying the Chinese script with Vietnamese rulers. This link was so strong that the Chinese script remained the dominant form of writing even with the invention of the “Nôm script”喃字 (chữ Nôm), which was a vernacular system developed to write the Vietnamese language. Furthermore, because Confucianism itself was the spiritual core of the Chinese monarchical structure, Vietnamese rulers learned from the Chinese model by way of the Chinese script when building their own independent state. Confucianism was viewed as the core of Chinese culture.

【关键词】Chinese script, Confucian script, monarchical Vietnam, Nôm script, politics
【作者简介】Tuấn-Cường Nguyễn 阮俊强 Institute of Sino-Nôm Studies, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam 越南汉喃研究院 Anh-Chưởng Bùi 裴英掌 VNU University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi, Vietnam 越南河内国家大学所属社会与人文科学大学

常用连接 :
华东师大文字中心 百度

编辑部地址: 上海 中山北路3663号 华东师范大学 理科大楼 A1607室 (邮政编码:200062)

                                 版权所有  《中国文字》季刊