Like every Chinese child, Li Hanwei spent her school days memorizing thousands of the intricate characters that make up the Chinese writing system. Yet, at 21 and now a university student in Hong Kong, Li already finds that when she picks up a pen to write, the characters for words as simple as "embarrassed" have slipped from her mind—and surveys indicate the phenomenon, dubbed "character amnesia," is widespread across China, causing young Chinese to fear for the future of their ancient writing system, AFP reports. Young Japanese people also report the problem, which is caused by the constant use of...

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