Wanted: technical documents written for Chinese readers

Subject: Wanted: technical documents written for Chinese readers
From: Jing Xu <Jing -at- OSUUNX -dot- UCC -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 1994 20:59:04 CST

Hello, I am Jing Xu from Mainland China, currently studying for Ph.D. in
Technical Communication at Oklahoma State University. I am collecting
materials for my dissertation, and I need help from all you technical
writers desperately. I will explain in a minute.

My dissertation topic is localization in technical communication, and I
would like to study, specifically, English technical documents written
for readers of Mainland China. I think we all agree that when writing
for such a different culture as the Chinese, we need to make many
adjustments, especially in terms of language and document design. But
what adjustments? and how to make these adjustments? My dissertation
will attempt to answer these questions. I hope to come up with some
useful guidelines for creating effective techncial documents for readers
of the Chinese culture, especially those of Mainland China.

To do this study, I need to collect as many materials as possible.
These materials would include instruction manuals, product descriptions,
warranty documents, business correstpondence, etc., in English and/or
Chinese translation. In other words, I need any technical documents
produced by English-speaking writers for readers of Mainland China.
This is where I need your help. I would appreciate your sending me these
materials, or providing me with information as to who I may contact to
get such materials. My mailing address is

Jing Xu
205 Morrill
Department of English
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74074
If you cannot release the originals, you may send me copies. Along with
the materials, please also send the permission for me to use these
materials for study, in case of copyrighted ones. In return, you will
get a copy of my dissertation that will record and discuss the study and
provide conclusions in the form of clearcut guidelines about how to
create effective technical documents for Chinese readers. I am sure
such information will help your company secure more satisfactory
business with Mainland China.

I would also appreciate any ideas and suggestions on this topic. Thank
you very much.

--Jing Xu <Jing -at- osuunx -dot- ucc -dot- okstate -dot- edu>

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