If you ever wanted to know when first misuse of Chinese character ever started in Western culture, I may just have the answer for you.
from: Nam See Kim
date: Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 2:24 AM
subject: the history of misuse of chinese characters
My name is Nam-See Kim, Korean, studying in Germany.
In Cultural studies of Humboldt University Berlin I wrote my doctoral thesis about the western reception of Chinese characters since 16th century. I find your blog very interesting.
I would like to send you some images which show how long is the history of "misuse of Chinese characters in western culture".
The first Image of "Chinese characters" comes from the Book by Martino Martini, "Sinicae historiae decas prima" in 1658, page 23.
The second from the book of Bernardino de Escalante in 1577, where the so called "Chinese characters" introduced for the first time to Western world.
The third image is the most famous from "China Illustrata" by Athanasius Kircher in 1667.