I am new to Illustrator. I am trying to reshape part of the Chinese character. When I outline the text and copy part of the character, the holes are always filled. The original text:

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copy and paste part of the text, it becomes:

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Make it into a Compound Path.

Right click > Make Compound Path or hit Ctrl+8

Make sure the "hole" shapes are in the front.

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