The beauty without frontiers: the interartistic-intersemiotic value of Chinese calligraphy in cross-cultural education

As an intermedia art Chinese calligraphy bridges the visual and verbal arts; its role goes beyond language learning to provide a key to understanding Chinese art as a holistic art. Furthermore, Chinese calligraphy can be used as a model to illustrate the concept of beauty peculiar to Chinese culture and even the entire system of Chinese aesthetics. Chinese calligraphy can be taught most effectively as an intersemiotic and ideogramic art and is best appreciated in a holistic context. Chinese calligraphy education in a cross-cultural context enables students to develop a genuine appreciation of the Chinese aesthetic tradition. It further helps students enhance their aesthetic judgment and sensibilities across cultures and disciplines toward a global vision of beauty. Many students have come to appreciate the beauty and value of this art not merely for art’s sake but for their own personal cultivation and fulfillment.