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Living Jiagu : Enabling Constructive Etymology for Chinese Learning

Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, pp. 1-4


Living Jiagu is an interactive, wall-sized exhibition for the engaging learning of Chinese writing. Living Jiagu leverages state-of-the-art machine learning technologies to enable the recognition and recall of Chinese characters via constructive etymology in context. That is, learning the writing and meaning of a pictographic character from image prompts similar to the creators of Oracle Bone Script (OBS) 3000 years ago and experiencing how these characters function and interact in natural scene. An installation of Living Jiagu received positive feedback from over one thousand users.

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