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Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

The first museum exhibition of its kind.

Be the first to discover the international debut of "Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age" at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum!

Explore the seemingly impossible, yet technologically crucial Chinese typewriter - a machines that inputs a language with no alphabet, yet has more than 70,000 characters.

Experience the puzzles themselves along with other rare Chinese and Pan-Asian IT artifacts and materials from printing, telegraphy, typewriting and computing in China, Japan and Korea - the first exhibition of its kind.

Award-winning Stanford historian Dr. Thomas S. Mullaney is the curator of the exhibit, which comes from his personal collection.

This exhibit will only be on view from January 21 - April 16, 2017 @ SDCHM, before it moves to San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong.

Neighborhood: Downtown

SDCHM Dr. Sun-Yat Sen Extension Building

328 J Street
San Diego, CA 92101

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Date & Time

Jan 21 - Apr 16, 2017
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday | Closed, Tuesday - Saturday | 10:30am - 4:00pm, Sunday | 12:00pm - 4:00 pm


$5, Free for Members and Children under 12


Getting there

328 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

This exhibit is located at our sister location, directly across the street from our 404 Third Avenue museum.

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Memorial Day Weekend Observances

May 27 - May 29, 2017

Legacy Week

May 27 - May 29, 2017

Miramar National Cemetery Veterans Memorial Service

May 28, 2017

La Vista Memorial Park and Mortuary Memorial Day Celebration

May 29, 2017

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