The Chinese Computer

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How can Chinese—a language with tens of thousands of characters and no alphabet—be input on a QWERTY keyboard with only a few dozen keys?

In his new book, The Chinese Computer, Stanford professor Thomas Mullaney dissects the history and evolution of Chinese language computing technology and explores the fascinating story of software programs that enable Chinese characters to be produced using alphanumeric symbols.

Join us for a fireside chat with Mullaney as he discusses:

  • The profound impact this software had on the way Chinese is written.  
  • How these advances helped computers gain traction in Asian countries.
  • The way culture informs computing and how computing, in turn, shapes culture.


6:30 p.m. PDT

7 p.m. PDT  

8:20 p.m. PDT
Book Signing 


We would like to thank the Bin Lin and Daisy Liu Family Foundation for their generous support of this program.

Jun 18, 2024
7:00 pm

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Add to Calendar 06/18/2024 7:00 pm America/Los_Angeles The Chinese Computer CHM 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd Mountain View, CA, 94043 United States

1401 N. Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA, 94043


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