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Bring the First-Ever Chinese Typewriter Museum Exhibition around the World! 盡管中文信息科技如此重要而龐大,在世上卻從來沒有過任何一家博物館有專門展出過這人類科技史上關鍵的一章,直到今天!
Bring the First-Ever Chinese Typewriter Museum Exhibition around the World! 盡管中文信息科技如此重要而龐大,在世上卻從來沒有過任何一家博物館有專門展出過這人類科技史上關鍵的一章,直到今天!
Bring the First-Ever Chinese Typewriter Museum Exhibition around the World! 盡管中文信息科技如此重要而龐大,在世上卻從來沒有過任何一家博物館有專門展出過這人類科技史上關鍵的一章,直到今天!
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Are you a computer history buff, or a typewriter enthusiast? Are you a Chinese history aficionado? Are you into busting urban myths and stereotypes? Are you a word coding and puzzle geek? Are you into ingenious antique/vintage mechanical devices? Are you proud of your Chinese heritage? If so, please read on and consider supporting our campaign!

Over the past 10 years, I have compiled one of the largest collections of Chinese typewriters in the world - as well as rare East Asian Information Technology artifacts and archival materials on printing, telegraphy, computing, and more.

I'm ready to bring this one-of-a-kind collection around the globe - with your help, that is!

在過去的十年中,我收集了許許多多的中文打字機,是人類現有的中文打字機的最大收藏之一。同時,我也從世界各地搜集了許多罕見的有關東亞地區信息科技的藝術品,他們反映了打印,電報,打字,運算等等方面的技術。

如果有幸能得到您的幫助的話,我將有機會把這套獨一無二的收藏帶向全世界!

The Chinese language contains more than 70,000 characters, and no alphabet.

Knowing this, imagine yourself in the 1860s at the dawn of telegraphy, trying to invent Morse Code for Chinese. How would you do it?

Imagine yourself in the 1890s trying to invent a Chinese typewriter. How do you fit 70,000 characters onto less than 50 keys!

Or perhaps you are in the 1950s, trying to invent a Chinese computer. How do you fit Chinese on a QWERTY keyboard?

These are fascinating and irresistible engineering puzzles.

First Chinese Typewriter, invented by Devello Sheffield in the 1880s
First Chinese Typewriter, invented by Devello Sheffield in the 1880s

These puzzles were so irresistible, in fact, that for 150 years they attracted brilliant and eccentric engineers, linguists, and entrepreneurs from all over the world, including from IBM, RCA, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Harvard, the Wang supercomputer laboratory, the CIA, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Pentagon, the RAND Corporation, the British telecommunications giant Cable and Wireless, Silicon Valley, the Graphics Arts Research Foundation, the Taiwanese military, the Soviet military, Japanese industrial circles, and the highest rungs of mainland Chinese intellectual, industrial, and military establishments.

These men and women not only had to think "outside the box" – they had to forget the box ever existed! 

Chinese Typewriter by Shanghai Commercial Press at the 1926 Philly World Fair
Chinese Typewriter by Shanghai Commercial Press at the 1926 Philly World Fair

 

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It may seem impossible, and yet it happened. With help from the global community, China solved these puzzles and went from being the "dark horse" of the IT world, to a global IT powerhouse with new "unicorn" start-ups appearing each passing year.  

什麼是中文打字機?

中文本身包括了超過七萬個漢字,但沒有任何一個字母。 要為中文量身定制一台打字機,工程師與語言學家們必須想出一套獨一無二的方法,忘掉打字機作為盒子的一種存在。試想,人們如何能將一套非字母的語言體系,與打字機這個本身為了字母文字而設計的系統所結合起來?

或許這看起來不可思議,卻成功地被發明出來了。

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Our campaign is called "Save the Chinese Typewriter," raising the question: Save it from what?

We are trying to "Save" the Chinese Typewriter – and the History of Modern Chinese IT – from misunderstanding and oblivion.

Every day, more than 1,000,000,000 people use one or another form of Chinese Information Technology – whether texting on their smart phones, running Chinese-language web searches, or simply creating a document in Word. What is more, China and Asia are now prime engines (and markets) of IT innovation – a part of the world that every company in Silicon Valley has its eyes on.

Despite the size and importance of Chinese IT, there has never been a museum exhibit dedicated to this critically important chapter in the history of technology - until now!

Chinese Typist in 1928
Chinese Typist in 1928

Why is it is important to know more about this history, though?

Well, for more than 200 years, all of the most powerful IT innovations have depended upon alphabets in order to function work: telegraphy, typewriting, computing, and more. For most of this history, people assumed that the only way China would become "modern" was to get rid of their non-alphabetic writing system altogether. Supposedly there was no other way.

10 Museums Around the World Have Expressed Keen Interest in the Exhibition (so far!)
10 Museums Around the World Have Expressed Keen Interest in the Exhibition (so far!)

Fast forward to the present, and it seems that China has defied such predictions: Chinese characters are alive and well, and East Asian countries like China, Taiwan, and Singapore are IT powerhouses.

What happened?

The answer to this question is one of the many fascinating stories contained in this museum exhibit - an exhibit that will capture the imagination of anyone with an interest in technology, world culture, China, language, and innovation.

1950s Propaganda Poster Featuring Chinese Typist
1950s Propaganda Poster Featuring Chinese Typist

這台機器為何如此重要?

每一天,有超過十億人會使用不同形式的中文信息科技,不論是在他們的智能手機上發短信,在網絡上用中文搜索,還是創建一個中文的文檔。同時,中國和亞洲本身已經成為IT創新最強有力的引擎與市場,是在硅谷的每一家公司眼中都炙手可熱的。

盡管中文信息科技如此重要而龐大,在世上卻從來沒有過任何一家博物館有專門展出過這人類科技史上關鍵的一章,直到今天!

但是了解歷史本身為何如此重要呢?

其實,在超過兩百年的歷史中,所有最重要的信息科技革新都是以字母文字為前提的:電報,打字,運算等等。在這段歷史的多數時間裡,人們假設中國現代化的唯一途徑是徹底改革中文,據推測,除此以外並沒有其他的方法。

快進到當下,看起來中國似乎已經打破了這樣的預測:中文文字依舊活力四射,而且中國已經在向成為世界最大經濟體的路上邁進。

發生了導致了這樣的變化?

這個問題的答案可以從我博物館展覽中所蘊藏的眾多令人陶醉的故事中找到。這是一場能夠抓住任何人想象力的展覽,適合任何對於科技,世界文化,中國以及語言等等方面有興趣的人。

In addition to being the world's largest collection on the history of Chinese typewriting, this collection is also perhaps the largest on the history of Chinese computers and computing as well!

Early Chinese Computer, 1980s
Early Chinese Computer, 1980s

 

 

Japanese typist in 1937
Japanese typist in 1937

Japanese typewriters are also fascinating machines whose history has been overlooked for far too long. While collecting artifacts for the Chinese collection, I also assembled one of the world's largest collections of Japanese typewriters, word processors, and other IT artifacts. These are on display at Stanford, and will travel the world as well!

Magazine for Japanese Typists, 1930s and 40s
Magazine for Japanese Typists, 1930s and 40s

 

This collection has *no* affiliation with Stanford University. Although I teach at Stanford, and although the "proto-exhibit" is now showing at Stanford, the collection is entirely private, having been assembled over the course of 10 years by the curator and collector, Tom Mullaney. 

After the exhibit tours the world, the goal will be to transfer the entire collection to an institution, so as to make it open and available to researchers and the public. 

Chances are, if you've ever heard about the Chinese typewriter, it's thanks to MC Hammer. In the video for his platinum hit "U Can't Touch This," the dance he made famous was called - you guessed it - the "Chinese typewriter."

It was supposed to impersonate what a typist in China "must look like" (in Hammer's imagination) scurrying across a massive keyboard with thousands of keys.

"Save the Chinese Typewriter" T-shirt, with Homage to You-Know-Who. If we hit our funding goal, we plan to "unlock" this fun reward!
"Save the Chinese Typewriter" T-shirt, with Homage to You-Know-Who. If we hit our funding goal, we plan to "unlock" this fun reward!

MC Hammer is not the first person to make fun of the Chinese typewriter.

Fanciful ideas about Chinese typewriters have long been a way to mock the Chinese language and to prove the "superiority" of English and other alphabetic scripts.

In 1900, the Chinese typewriter was ridiculed in the American press as a technological absurdity that required no less than six people to operate. Others imagined it must be the size of a building.

難道不是MC Hammer發明它嗎?

如果你聽說過中文打字機,那大多數情況下一定是MC Hammer的功勞。在他紅遍美國的MV“U Can’t Touch This”裡,他跳紅的舞蹈的名字就叫中文打字機。

這支舞蹈反映的是在Hammer的想象中,中文打字機應該是如何運作的:在巨大的鍵盤上快速擊打著數以千計的按鍵。

MC Hammer不是第一個嘲笑中文打字機的人。

對於中文打字機的奇異幻想是很多人嘲笑中文,用來顯示英文以及其他字母文字優越性的方式。

在1900年代,美國的刊物嘲諷中文打字機是需要至少六個人來操作的荒誕科技。其他人想象著它應該有一幢樓那麼大。

1900 Cartoon Making Fun of a "Chinese Typewriter"
1900 Cartoon Making Fun of a "Chinese Typewriter"

Popular images of Chinese IT haven't changed much in 100 years (even though China is now an IT powerhouse!). Check out this cartoon from just a few years ago — supposedly of a “Chinese computer.”

對於中文信息科技的普遍印象在100年內並沒有什麼改變(即便中國現在已經是信息科技業的大亨)請看這一副僅僅幾年前的卡通,描述了一台“中文計算機”。

2000 Cartoon Making Fun of a "Chinese Computer"
2000 Cartoon Making Fun of a "Chinese Computer"

Suffice it to say, there never existed a Chinese typewriter the size of a building - nor a Chinese computer with thousands of keys. In fact, these machines have been of brilliant design, and deserving of our exploration and admiration.

Just look at how engaged people become when you show them the real things, instead of the imaginary ones.

現實地說,世界上從來不曾有過一台像一幢樓那麼大的中文打字機,更不用說有著幾千個按鍵的中文計算機了。實際上,這些機器都有著精妙絕倫的設計,值得我們探索與欣賞。

請看一看當面對真實的而非假象的事物時,人們有多麼的聚精會神。

Curator and Stanford Professor Tom Mullaney Explaining How Chinese and Japanese Typewriters Work (photo by Zhijian Qiao)
Curator and Stanford Professor Tom Mullaney Explaining How Chinese and Japanese Typewriters Work (photo by Zhijian Qiao)

 

120+ People Attend January 2016 Launch of "Proto-Exhibit" at Stanford University (photo by Zhijian Qiao)
120+ People Attend January 2016 Launch of "Proto-Exhibit" at Stanford University (photo by Zhijian Qiao)

 

A Young Typewriter Enthusiast Investigates a Chinese Machine (photo by Zhijian Qiao)
A Young Typewriter Enthusiast Investigates a Chinese Machine (photo by Zhijian Qiao)

 

 

Mounting a museum exhibit is a complex affair with many moving parts. To mount a successful museum tour, and one that ensures maximum care and safety for this one-of-a-kind collection, your Kickstarter support will help support key expenses:

  • conservation fees (to ensure the conservation and upkeep of these rare artifacts prior to/following their exhibition)

  • custom crating (to protect these precious artifacts in their journey around the world, I plan to work with Ship/Art or another top-ranked crating company)

  • transportation fees (to ship this precious cargo to museum sites around the world)

  • insurance (legally mandated to cover the cost of damages or replacements if something bad should happen - heaven forbid!)

  • courier and installation fees (to cover the travel and installation costs for this curator to accompany the artifacts to their exhibit destinations and assist in their installation)

  • administrative and legal fees (to pay for mandatory contract reviews and administrative documents required by museums/customs officers/etc. for all exhibits)

我们需要您的帮助。

筹备一场博物馆展览是一件非常复杂的包含了很多不定性的课题 。为了筹备一场成功的博物馆的观光活动,并在最大限度上照顾好这一场独一无二的展览的安全,您在Kickstarter上给予我们的支持将成为我们关键的组织经费。

• 保管费(为了保证这些珍贵艺术品的保存与托管) • 定制装箱(为了在跨国的搬运过程中更好的保护这些珍贵的艺术品,我们计划使用类似Ship/Art这样的顶级装箱服务)

• 交通费(用于寄送这批珍贵的艺术品)

• 保险(为了在搬用过程中对各个部件损坏或赔偿的以防万一,老天保佑一切顺利!)

• 管理与安装费(用于一位艺术品管理者的旅行和安装费,以保证他能陪伴这些艺术品到达展览的目的地,并帮助将他们安装好)

• 行政以及法务费用(用于支付展览中必备的合同审阅和必须的行政文件费)

So far, 10 museums spread out across San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, the Boston Area, Hong Kong, Taipei, London, and elsewhere have expressed keen interest in hosting the exhibit. But to help finance this world tour, funds still need to be raised to help defray expenses for conservation, custom museum crating, transportation fees, and insurance fees, as well as expenses related to the tedious but necessary processes of legal and administrative record-keeping.

The time, effort, and funding is all worth it, though: One museum in particular could place this exhibit in front of an estimated 4,000,000 patrons!

目前为止,有位于香港,台湾,伦敦,旧金山,洛杉矶,纽约,波士顿,香港等地的十家博物馆已经表示出了对于举办本次展览的浓厚兴趣。但是为了给这次世界之旅的资金支持,我们仍然需要筹集资金用于支付定制装箱费,交通费,保险费,以及其他琐碎却必须的法律以及行政流程费。

但是,这些付出的时间,精力与努力都是值得的:有一家博物馆预计能够将我的这一套收藏展出给超过四百万人欣赏。

Not to worry! Although our hope is to bring this collection to "a museum near you," a major goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to create an online museum where you will be able to explore and learn about this fascinating world, even if you don't live near one of the stops of the world tour.

等等,我所住的地方没有大型的博物馆。

不必担心!尽管我们很希望将这套展览带到您身边的博物馆,这次Kickstarter活动的一个重要目的是建立一个网上博物馆,让您不论置身何地都能够学习并探索这个奇妙世界,即便您住得离此次的国际展览很远。

A "proto-exhibit" is currently up and running on the campus of Stanford University, and it features some of the gems of the collection. To learn more about how to visit the proto-exhibit in person, visit here

一场别开生面的“试展览”已经在斯坦福大学如火如荼地展开了,其中不伐此次国际展览中的精品,如果您想了解更多,请关注这里

To show gratitude, my team and I have put together a set of head-turning rewards. Each is sure to be a conversation piece in your home or office, and each is accompanied by a detailed brochure to tell you about the piece's history and background.

关于感谢礼: 为了表达对您的感谢,我和我的团队精心定制了一套超值的礼品。每一件礼物都有可能成为您办公室与家中的点睛之笔,同时,每一件礼品都会附赠一份详细的宣传册来告诉您有关这件宝贝的历史与背景。

1950s Chinese Typewriter Poster | Vintage Reproduction | Design #1
1950s Chinese Typewriter Poster | Vintage Reproduction | Design #1

 

1950s Chinese Typewriter Poster | Vintage Reproduction | Design #2
1950s Chinese Typewriter Poster | Vintage Reproduction | Design #2

 

New Backer Award! Vintage Chinese Typewriter Characters
New Backer Award! Vintage Chinese Typewriter Characters

 

1950s Propaganda Poster of Chinese Typewriter | Vintage Reproduction | Design #3
1950s Propaganda Poster of Chinese Typewriter | Vintage Reproduction | Design #3

 

"Save the Chinese Typewriter" T-shirt, with Homage to You-Know-Who. We will "unlock" this fun reward if we reach our funding goal! (also comes in Men's Ts)
"Save the Chinese Typewriter" T-shirt, with Homage to You-Know-Who. We will "unlock" this fun reward if we reach our funding goal! (also comes in Men's Ts)

 

1930s Japanese Typewriter Poster | Vintage Reproduction | Design #4
1930s Japanese Typewriter Poster | Vintage Reproduction | Design #4

 

Japanese Typewriter T-Shirt
Japanese Typewriter T-Shirt

 

My collection of Chinese and East Asian Information Technologies is one of the largest in the world. Collection highlights include:

  • rare 1970s-era Chinese typewriter
  • two rare 1980s-era Chinese word processor/computers
  • one of the largest collections of Chinese telegraph code books in the world (from the 1910s through the 1980s)
  • rare Chinese computer manuals and textbooks (1960s through the 1980s)
  • rare Chinese typewriter manuals and textbooks (1910s through the 1980s)
  • two rare 1930s-era Japanese typewriters
  • rare 1950s-era Japanese typewriter
  • rare 1980s-era Japanese word process/computer
  • rare photographs and ephemera
  • much more!

这次展览都有些什么宝贝?

我这次的有关中文与东亚信息技术的收藏是世界上最大的有关收藏之一。其中的精品包括了:

  • 稀有的1970年代的中文打字机 
  • 两台稀有的1980年代的中文处理器/计算机
  • 世界上最大的中文电报密码册之一(1910年代至1980年代) 
  • 少见的中文计算机手册以及教科书 (1960年代至1980年代) 
  • 稀有的中文打字机手册以及教科书 (1910年代至1980年代) 
  • 两台少见的1930年代日文打字机 • 少见的1950年代日文打字机 
  • 稀有的1980年代日文处理器/计算机 
  • 稀有的照片和短时效收藏品 
  • 以及更多宝贝!

Risks and challenges

Having designed and mounted the proto-exhibit at Stanford University, I feel confident in my ability to bring this exciting exhibit around the globe - especially since all future exhibits will be co-developed by the dedicated curatorial and graphic design departments at established museum collections.

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    GRATITUDE & PUBLIC THANKS. Backers at this level receive a public "Thank You For Your Support" video viewable on Youtube. Your name will appear on the video (with your permission) in recognition of your donation.

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    EARLY BIRD AWARD! INVITATION TO JULY 22, 2016 GUIDED TOUR OF CHINESE TYPEWRITER EXHIBIT @ STANFORD UNIVERSITY FOR YOU AND 1 GUEST, + SIGNED, LIMITED EDITION EXHIBIT POSTER FROM 2016 STANFORD SHOW. A rare and personalized tour of the "proto exhibit" at Stanford guided by the collector and curator himself, Professor Tom Mullaney. Supporters must supply your own transport to Stanford University and hotel with this reward.

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    SIGNED COPY OF "THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE INFORMATION AGE," BY HISTORIAN AND CURATOR TOM MULLANEY. Supporters at this level will receive one (1) copy of Prof. Tom Mullaney's book, "The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History of The Information Age"

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    BOOK + CHINESE CHARACTERS COMBO!

    NEW COMBO! VINTAGE CHINESE TYPEWRITER CHARACTERS + SIGNED COPY OF "THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE INFORMATION AGE," BY HISTORIAN AND CURATOR TOM MULLANEY. Backers at this level will receive BOTH a pair of Vintage Chinese typewriter characters AND one (1) copy of Prof. Tom Mullaney's book, "The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History of The Information Age" (MIT Press)

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    ADOPT-AN-ARCHIVE + BOOK STRETCH COMBO!

    LIMITED SUPPLY! Backers at this level will receive one (1) signed copy of "The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History of the Information Age" (MIT Press) AND one (1) ADOPT-AN-ARCHIVE sponsorship of your choice (see above for details). [NOTE: This award can be selected as a stand-alone award, or as an "add-on" by adding $95 to your pledge amount but keeping your current backer award selection unchanged/the same)

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    LIMITED EDITION VINTAGE POSTER

    LIMITED EDITION POSTER (CHOOSE 1 OF 4 STUNNING ARCHIVAL REPRODUCTIONS). To express thanks for your continued support, backers at the $125 level will receive one (1) limited edition poster inspired by Chinese typewriters and East Asian IT (SCROLL DOWN FOR PREVIEW!). Poster does not come with frame, but it does come with a detailed brochure to tell you about the piece's history and background.

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    BOOK + POSTER COMBO!

    LIMITED EDITION POSTER (CHOOSE 1 OF 4 STUNNING ARCHIVAL REPRODUCTIONS) + SIGNED COPY OF "THE CHINESE TYPEWRITER: A GLOBAL HISTORY OF THE INFORMATION AGE," BY HISTORIAN AND CURATOR TOM MULLANEY. Backers at the $175 level will receive BOTH (1) limited edition poster inspired by Chinese typewriters and East Asian IT (SCROLL DOWN FOR PREVIEW!) AND one (1) signed copy of Prof. Tom Mullaney's book, "The Chinese Typewriter: A Global History of The Information Age". Poster does not come with frame, but it does come with a detailed brochure to tell you about the piece's history and background.

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    2 LIMITED EDITION POSTERS

    LIMITED EDITION POSTER (CHOOSE 2 OF 4 STUNNING ARCHIVAL REPRODUCTIONS). To express thanks for your continued support, backers at the $200 level will receive two (2) limited edition posters inspired by Chinese typewriters and East Asian IT (SCROLL DOWN FOR PREVIEW!). Posters do not come with frame, but they do come with detailed brochures to tell you about each piece's history and background.

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    ALL 4 LIMITED EDITION POSTERS

    ALL 4 LIMITED EDITION STUNNING ARCHIVAL REPRODUCTION POSTERS. To express thanks for your continued support, backers at the $350 level will receive all four (4) limited edition posters inspired by Chinese typewriters and East Asian IT (SCROLL DOWN FOR PREVIEW!). Posters do not come with frame, but they do come with detailed brochures to tell you about each piece's history and background.

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    PRIVATE TOUR OF EXHIBIT @ STANFORD

    PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR OF CHINESE TYPEWRITER EXHIBIT @ STANFORD UNIVERSITY FOR YOU AND UP TO 4 GUESTS. A rare and personalized tour of the "proto exhibit" at Stanford guided by the collector and curator himself, Professor Tom Mullaney. Supporters must supply your own transport to Stanford University and hotel with this reward. Visit must take place on weekday during the Kickstarter campaign (July 12-Aug 12, 2016), with specific date/time TBD in consultation with all parties.

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    SPECIAL LECTURE BY PROF. TOM MULLANEY

    Historian and Curator Tom Mullaney will travel ANYWHERE in the continental U.S. and run a special lecture and workshop for you and your group on the History and Evolution of the Chinese Language, the History and Future of Information Technology in East Asia, or a related topic. Professor Mullaney will cover his own travel expenses, and will bring a deluxe set of keepsakes for the event. Timing of visit and lecture TBD in consultation with both parties.

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    CHINESE TYPEWRITER OF YOUR VERY OWN!

    ANGEL SUPPORTER REWARD: AN ANTIQUE CHINESE TYPEWRITER OF YOUR VERY OWN! One (1) Angel Supporter will receive the ultimate conversation piece: your very own vintage Chinese typewriter from the collection, including detailed brochure explaining the machine's history.

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