Chinese Writing Systems, Inc. (CWS) combines its strengths in innovation in technology, pedagogy, and design with content derived from original research and scholarship to develop mobile apps, and other methods and materials to making Chinese writing and literacy an achievable goal for all.
To provide students of Chinese with the tools to learn how to write Chinese and understand characters in an effective, rapid, memorable, and enriching and enjoyable way
THE CORE TEAM
Dr. SuiWah Chan: Founder & President
Ming Chan: Co-Founder and Director of Design & Product Development
Casey Detrio: Technology Lead and Programming
Stephen Boyce: Curriculum Development Specialist and Education Liaison
Chinese Writing Systems was incorporated in 2010. The startup team spent the first years creating the digital content, back-end development tools and first iterations of the touchpad app design mobile devices, starting with the iPad.
OUR FOUNDER AND BACKGROUND
Dr. SuiWah Chan is a retired university professor emeritus who taught and consulted in the fields of, Technology, Management, Education, Medicine, and Applied Mathematics. The contributions he made in every field included creating innovative pedagogies and methodologies as well as developing and incorporating new technology solutions to enhance teaching, learning, research and development..
After a lifelong career as an educator, he has devoted the past ten years to researching, teaching, and developing methodologies, pedagogies, tools, and materials for teaching about the origin, evolution and history of Chinese writing and calligraphy. CWS embodies his legacy project and goal of making Chinese writing more accessible and achievable for people to learn and understand.
When the first iPad was announced, his search for a programmable digital tablet to create a Chinese “writing pad” for learning was over. He placed a pre-order for the iPad and form the startup to start working on the Chinese writing app that is now iWrite Wenzi, the first of a suite of innovative products for learning to write and understand Chinese characters.