Archive for May, 2009

My China Beat article has legs!

May 30, 2009

I’m excited to find that my China Beat article on the Chinese typewriter has been making the rounds in cyberspace. Thanks so much to History News Network and Holtz Center for STS at UW-Madison for their interest.

2009 History of Society Society Annual Meeting

May 22, 2009

I just received word that my paper “The Typing Rebellion” was accepted by the History of Science Society for its 2009 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Arizona here I come!

Chinese typewriter

Second oral history session with inventor of a Chinese typewriter

May 16, 2009

I’ve just returned from my second oral history session with the inventor first mentioned in my March post. Our rapport is developing nicely, as evidenced by his willingness to show me more private documents from his old company, and to allow me to tour the facilities. I was also able to present him with documents from the archive, which he was delighted (and somewhat surprised) to see. “How did you find these?” he asked, in a tone mixed with joy (at seeing documents from many decades ago) and shock (that a junior scholar could find them, I suppose). That felt good, and also prompted more in-depth discussion.

My typewriter piece on China Beat

May 14, 2009


My piece on the Chinese typewriter just posted to China Beat, the blog founded by Jeff Wasserstrom at UC Irvine. Check it out here.

Chinese typewriter lectures in Beijing

May 1, 2009

As part of my stay in China this Summer, I will deliver a handful of lectures on the Chinese typewriter. Many thanks to my colleagues in Beijing and Shanghai for these kind invitations.

Chinese typewriter