Language is a product of society; it is an artifact of culture. However, the biases and social issues caused by a language, itself, are often overlooked. The Chinese language and its evolution has shown some problems of patriarchy and misogyny in the culture. These biases and stereotypes towards women are reinforced in every moment of daily communication.
Women in Chinese Characters examines the perpetuation of misogyny and gender bias in Chinese society through an exploration of the negative and stereotypical connotations associated with female radical characters in the Chinese language. The exhibition is an experience for the audience to visualize these problems and read about Chinese women’s real experiences. Through a combination of a publication, motion graphic video, and an immersive visual space, the project aims to raise awareness of this issue and encourage critical reflection on the role of language in shaping cultural attitudes towards women.
The project speaks to a timely and pressing issue that affects millions of women in China and beyond. By taking the concept of language from the auditory realm into a visual space, “Women In Chinese Characters” makes it impossible to visually ignore these cultural problems. By highlighting the ways in which language can be used to perpetuate gender bias and discrimination, the exhibition offers a powerful critique of cultural norms and encourages viewers to question the role that language plays in shaping our beliefs and attitudes.