About the Scholar: Pioneer Scholar Yilin is from Beijing, China, where she attended The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University
Nüshu was a phonetic system of writing devised and practiced by local women in South China’s Jiangyong County from the 10th to 17th centuries. Yilin’s research reveals that because of nüshu’s creation and circulation practices, loose organizations of peasant women in Jiangyong County were able to meet for group needlework, spinning, weaving, and embroidering. Although nüshu has died out as modern Chinese women have been given more opportunities for social interaction and organizing, Yilin’s research showcases the power that language and communication have to connect us and to form our personal and political identities.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.