The Chinese Typewriter & the Future of It

Posted On: October 31, 2017

You’re invited for a fascinating discussion with Stanford historian Tom Mullaney about the history of the Chinese Typewriter on Sunday, November 5, 2017 in Geisel’s Seuss Room from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

In his new book, The Chinese Typewriter: A HistoryMullaney tells the story of a fascinating series of experiments, prototypes, failures and successes in the century-long quest for a workable Chinese typewriter.

The book examines China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, word processing, and computing. This project has received three major awards and fellowships, including the 2013 Usher Prize, a three-year National Science Foundation fellowship, and a Hellman Faculty Fellowship. Today, not only have Chinese characters prevailed, they form the linguistic substrate of the vibrant world of Chinese information technology — transforming global communications and technology.

To register for the event, click here. For information about accessible parking on campus, click here. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Samuel Tsoi at stsoi@ucsd.edu.  This event is free and open to the public.

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