Most American readers will need to employ a good translation program to appreciate an article about Associate Professor of Mathematics Tim Chartier and his spouse Tanya in a recent edition of China's Oriental Morning Post. Reporter Laura Hsu read a New York Times article about the couple's unique "Mime-matics" performances, which employ their training in mime to illustrate mathematical principles.
Hsu decided to write her own version of the story, and conducted e-mail interviews with Chartier from her office in Shanghai.
But Chinese isn't the only language required of prospective readers. The article includes a 3-1/2 minute video of a Chartier skit with toilet plungers. The soundtrack for the video is a song in French. And, of course, Chartier mimes the skit, so a facility for interpreting the unspoken word is vital!