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Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacus

Language: English

Chinese Zhusuan is a time-honoured traditional method of performing mathematical calculations with an abacus. By moving beads along rods, practitioners can perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponential multiplication, root and more complicated equations. Zhusuan has been handed down through the generations, using traditional models of oral teaching and self-learning. Beginners can make quick calculations after some fairly basic training, while proficient practitioners develop an agile mind. Zhusuan is widely used in Chinese life and is an important symbol of traditional Chinese culture and identity.

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Place/region: China, Asia and the Pacific
Series: Inscriptions on the Intangible Heritage Lists
Type: Documentary
Production and personalities:
Director: Chen Kai
Publisher: CAMAA
Published in:
Rights: Chinese Abacus and Mental Artithmetic Association

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Original: DVD
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: AVFONDS-CLTICH-2013-0085300016
Source ref.: DOC:0085300016/CAND:00853
Rights holder: UNESCO ; Chinese Abacus and Mental Artithmetic Association