Spanning between past and present, Hidden Letters follows two millennial Chinese women connected by their fascination with the secret language of Nushu. This centuries-old hidden language bonded generations of Chinese women in a clandestine support system of sisterhood, hope, and survival.
There may have been exceptions, but in thousands of years of Chinese history, most women had to obey men and could not learn to read or write. However, through Nushu, a hidden letter that men do not understand, women could share their thoughts and solidarity by writing down, sometimes lamenting about their situation and occasionally unattainable dreams. Now that education opportunities are equal and women's rights are increasing compared to the past, Nushu is becoming a forgotten character that is difficult to inherit any longer. This work spotlights the meaning of women in Chinese history, what they want to express freely through Nushu, and the history of Nushu, through the two women who inherit the letter Nushu in their respective ways. Of course, contrary to the original meaning of Nushu, it is ridiculous to see government officials trying to commercialize and perceive it as just pretty calligraphy, but the amazing story of Chinese women who have wanted to record their lives and thoughts among inequality is touching. (CHUN Jinsu)
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