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Interviewing Retired Chinese Typists – Where to Begin?

Interviewing Retired Chinese Typists – Where to Begin?

I am on sabbatical this coming year, and atop my wishlist is a simple yet elusive goal: to sit down and converse at length with retired Chinese typists. I have spent the past 3 years delving into a mountain of archival, film, material object, and other sources, compiled from something like 80 separate archives and collections, and yet so far I have only had the pleasure of speaking with a handful of individuals who themselves worked as typists. Where does one begin? Are there any associations of retired Chinese typists? Any trade journals where I can publish an advertisement?

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