Calvin Chun-yu Chan

Developer of innatedb.ca, University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Bc, Canada

About Calvin Chun-yu

Bio

Bioinformatics Software Developer at UBC. HCI, Usability, UX, IxD, Visual/Industrial Design, Typography, Photography. I heart Mac and Helvetica.

Languages

Chinese, English, Japanese

Areas of Expertise

Web Development and Design

An idea worth spreading

Knowledge should be shared, not kept secret.

I'm passionate about

Technology,Industrial Design,Interaction Design,Interactive,User Experience,Usability, Sustainability,Tangible Interface

Talk to me about

Web development, programming, user experience, industrial design, graphic design

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Calvin Chun-yu Chan
Posted about 6 years ago
Jay Walker: The world's English mania
I have a tiny example of English-mania in China. It is a screenshot from a Chinese online dictionary site with some ad-words on the page. For non Chinese readers, I added some translation notes. link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeepu/3570624305/ As you can imagine, this site is targeting people who are interested in learning English. From the ad-words you can feel the desperateness of the Chinese people to learn the language. Their motivation may be complex: it is a tool to climb up the life-quality ladder. They want to make connections with foreigners. They don't mind to take shortcuts and ad-hoc methods (you really think you can learn the language in 5 mins?). I like this one particularly: Watch %u9A6C%u4E91 and learn "Shanzhai English" (reference of %u9A6C%u4E91: http://baike.baidu.com/view/16360.htm) (reference of the word Shanzhai: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanzhai) There are many things and complex emotions you can learn from that 20 characters of ad-word.