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The Way of Chinese characters the origins of 400 essential words = [Han zi zhi dao] by Jian-hsin Wu

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Published by Cheng & Tsui Co. in Boston .
Written in English


  • Chinese characters,
  • Chinese language -- Writing

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Edition Notes

Parallel title in Chinese characters.

Other titlesHan zi zhi dao
Statementby Jianhsin Wu ; illustrations by Chen Zheng and Chen Tian.
LC ClassificationsPL1171 .W74 2007
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL17915720M
ISBN 109780887275272
LC Control Number2007062006

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