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Cross-Cultural Technology DesignCreating Culture-Sensitive Technology for Local Users$
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Huatong Sun

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744763

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199744763.001.0001

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Lili's Story: Pure Water in Social Network

Lili's Story: Pure Water in Social Network

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Cross-Cultural Technology Design

Huatong Sun

Oxford University Press

This chapter elucidates how action and meaning are interwoven in local uses, with a focus on the dialogic interactions of technology affordances, using a Chinese case. It examines Chinese teacher Lili’s messaging use in her daily social network. The meaning of the technology conveyed from its social affordance was so important to her that she would ignore the poor usability of the technology. This chapter also introduces a complex picture of various cultural influences during technology use.

Keywords:   cross-cultural design, mobile messaging, instrumental affordance, social affordance, social network, localization

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