I'm trying to find out why certain (parts of) characters were replaced with others while developing the simplified Chinese writing system.

I want to know why 见 replaces 見? As in 问题,問題.

Many thanks.


According to the Wikipedia, 来自于行书与草书的楷书化.

[注 1] lists some examples, 许多偏旁如讠[訁]、饣[飠]、纟[糹]、钅[釒]、呙[咼]、见[見]、页[頁]、贝[貝]、车[車]、东[東]、门[門]、马[馬]等来自草书。

Some simplifications were based on popular cursive forms (草书) embodying graphic or phonetic simplifications of the traditional forms. (from the English version of the Wikipedia page)

Therefore, 见 replaces 見 because 见 is the cursive form of 見.

  • 1
    The one decides to simplify Chinese characters is absolutely an idiot.
    – xenophōn
    Aug 21 '17 at 12:31
  • Exactly what I was looking for! Anywhere I can find more of the logic behind cursive forms ?
    – udidosa
    Aug 23 '17 at 9:46

You're asking "why did a committee (委員會) make a specific decision?" The answer is "because it was a committee." There is no explanation, that's just what the committee decided. It's important to remember that simplified characters were devised by a committee.

In this case the committee went with "Preserving the basic outline or shape of the original character".

This might or might not be helpful:


  • 1
    The committee makes this decision, because they are full of moron.
    – xenophōn
    Aug 21 '17 at 2:44

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