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Crossing the Transliteracy Divide

Jeff Hough on May 30, 2013 9:00:00 AM

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In the late 90’s, Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker starred in a movie that spawned one of my all-time favorite movie quotes.  In a critical moment of the movie, Chris Tucker (whose character is an American detective assigned to help a visiting Chinese detective played by Jackie Chan) turns to his partner, the semi-silent Chan, and asks, “Do you understand the words coming out of my mouth?”  It is a humorous turning point in the movie, but it is a situation that is occurring frequently as digital natives and immigrants try to communicate.

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