The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating and extensive study into the characteristics of the Chinese language. -- Ai Weiwei Mullaney reveals a topic I have always attempted to investigate through my art. The book is not about the tool itself, but the characteristics of Chinese-writing cultures. It explains what is behind Chinese thinking and its unique working method, and why China is what it is today. -- Xu Bing, artist; creator of Book from the Sky and Square Word Calligraphy The Chinese Typewriter is lucidly written and brilliantly conceived. This book will help readers understand and appreciate China, the Chinese language, and writing in general with greater and necessary nuance. -- Lisa Gitelman, editor of "Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron and author of Paper Knowledge The Chinese Typewriter is a fascinating book: in the light of new developments in computer science, Thomas Mullaney brings us a completely different interpretation of nonalphabetic Chinese and the modern fate of Chinese culture through the historical lens of the Chinese typewriter. This is a rich book that encompasses different resources, historical insights, and intriguing storytelling from long and broad perspectives. -- Wang Hui, Professor of Literature and History, Tsinghua University; author of China's Twentieth Century
Thomas S. Mullaney is Associate Professor of History at Stanford University and the author of Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China.
...a surprisingly engaging read. * The New Yorker * His theme - the preservation of characters, a basic element of Chinese culture, and how they entered, and became part of, the modern informational world - is well worth our attention. * Times Higher Education * ...this gives us a fresh view of the issues... * New Scientist *