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New comedy explains how to understand Chinglish

A new comedy is opening on Broadway in New York that explores the communication gap between the English-speaking world and China.

The play, Chinglish, taps into American anxiety about doing business in the world's second biggest economy. It was written by Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang and is spoken in both English and Mandarin.

Chinglish tells the story of a struggling American businessman trying to win a contract to make signs for public buildings in China. Along the way he falls in love with a Chinese official.

Damian Fowler reports.