Fonting the City (Zì li chengjian, 2015)

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

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  • Asian Studies
  • Media Studies
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  • Figure 0.1. Calligraphic writing is ubiquitous in the daily life and built spaces of East Asia and has been for millennia. In contemporary cities, most of this carved calligraphy was replaced by photographic enlargements, neon, and lettering mimicking the calligraphic. Wallace Chan’s Fonting the City (Zi li chengjian, 2015) is a lovely documentary about the gradual displacement of hand-brushed signs by digital fonts in Macao.