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Fuck Yeah Chinese Myths! So, this was the book that I referred to when writing these four posts about the Tang dynasty. If you’re a longtime reader, you’d know that I love love love the Tang dynasty, and I really wanted to know how people lived during that period of time. Yes, that’s right, lived. I always end up writing about famous people in that era, and I wanted to know how non-royal people actually lived, and I got my answer with this book.

Okay, so, like my previous review, the dude who wrote this book was not Chinese, and he is very likely of European descent, so I had to bear that in mind when reading this book. But that aside, this is actually a fun read—Benn intersperses his facts with anecdotes that are almost folkloric. So the book was all like, “Well, this diagram shows some of the equipment that Chinese prisons use,” and the author would segue into a story about a criminal’s story that totes had supernatural elements, so it made me perk up and pay attention. I totally recommend this book. The Wonderfully Elusive Chinese Novel by Perry Link. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei, Vol. 5: The Dissolution by an unknown author, translated from the Chinese by David Tod Roy Princeton University Press, 556 pp., $39.95 In teaching Chinese-language courses to American students, which I have done about thirty times, perhaps the most anguishing question I get is “Professor Link, what is the Chinese word for ______?”

I am always tempted to say the question makes no sense. I tell my students that there are only two kinds of words they can safely regard as equivalents: words for numbers (excepting integers under five, the words for which have too many other uses) and words that are invented expressly for the purpose of serving as equivalents, like xindiantu (heart-electric-chart) for “electrocardiogram.” This raises the question of what translation is. “Phooey!” Two other English translations of Chin P’ing Mei, both published in London in 1939, put this line differently. “You rascal, to startle me so!” The story sprawls. Romance of the Three Kingdoms Novel and History - Kongming's Archives. [ Home –> Romance of the Three Kingdoms Novel and History ] Kongming’s Archives’ novel and history section is dedicated to the Chinese novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi, 三国演义), written in the 14th century and attributed to Luo Guanzhong, along with historical events, nations, and people behind it and the relative Han and Jin dynasties.

We aspire to make this an interesting and educational storehouse of related material, a great deal of which is not available elsewhere in English. Always working toward this goal, we present Three Kingdoms essays and manuscripts; introductions, translations (including historical records from the Sanguozhi) and biographies; battle, officer, and event chronologies; images (maps and cultural items), art, and even poems. We even offer an online forum, the Scholars of Shen Zhou, to discus these and other topics. This is also your chance to share your Three Kingdoms work with other people in the Sanguo community.

Officer Search Form Feature Menu. Portraits of Ts'ao Ts'ao. Lienu zhuan Editorial Notes. Traditions Of Exemplary Women (Lienu zhuan): An Introduction by Anne Behnke Kinney Associate Professor of Chinese University of Virginia Compiled toward the end of the Former Han dynasty (202 B.C.- A.D. 9), Liu Xiang's (79-8 B.C.) Lienu zhuan [Traditions of Exemplary Women, hereafter abbreviated as LNZ] is the earliest extant book in the Chinese tradition solely devoted to the moral education of women. The book consists primarily of biographical accounts of women in early China who were noted for various virtues, though the final chapter concerns exemplars of feminine wickedness. After its composition the LNZ became the standard textbook for female education for the next two millennia, inspiring generations of Chinese women to cultivate not only traditional virtues such as filial piety and maternal kindness but lauding practices such as suicide and self-mutilation as a means to preserve chastity. || Notes || Images || Table of Contents || Chinese Text || Main Page ||

An alternative Cinderella: The girl with a kneading bowl (not a pearl earring) Tracy Chevalier’s 1999 novel Girl with a pearl earring was inspired by the magnificent painting by the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. Griet, the heroine of the Chevalier novel, always wore a distinctive white cap. Chevalier explained that behind Griet’s symbolic cap was an idea originally from the Bible, which considered women’s hair to be seductive and therefore subversive. Chevalier built upon that idea, as if Griet's cap served to shield the wilder and more sensual side of her persona that she did not want to reveal to others. In Japanese folklore, more specifically the stories known as Otogizōshi 御伽草子, we find another girl who always wore an impressive object on her head.

This extremely odd piece of headgear led her to be known as “the girl with a kneading bowl” (Hachikazuki 鉢かづき). 'The girl with a kneading bowl' (Hachikazuki 鉢かづき), early Edo period (c. 16th century). Naraehon manuscript. In actual fact, the prototype of the Cinderella story originated in China. References. Handicrafts with Chinese Legends and Stories. White Snake,Four Beauties and Journey to the West | E. N. Anderson, "Food and Environment in Early and Medieval China" (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) Paul Copp, “The Body Incantatory: Spells and the Ritual Imagination in Medieval Chinese Buddhism” (Columbia UP, 2014)

Sarah M. Allen, “Shifting Stories: History, Gossip, and Lore in Narratives from Tang Dynasty China” (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014) Marta Hanson, “Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China” (Routledge, 2011) Marta Hanson View on Amazon Marta Hanson‘s book is a rich study of conceptions of space in medical thought and practice.

Ranging from a deep history of the geographic imagination in China to an account of the SARS outbreak of the 21st century, Hanson’s book maps the transformations of medicine and healing in late imperial China that accompanied transforming geographies of empire. Speaking of Epidemics in Chinese Medicine: Disease and the Geographic Imagination in Late Imperial China (Routledge, 2011) is both the biography of a disease and a masterful tour through the history of medical practice and knowledge in later imperial China.

Over the course of our discussion, we talked about the people and ideas that inspired Hanson’s work, the importance of “eureka moments,” and the SARS epidemic in Beijing. The author has generously shared a discount on her book for listeners of New Books in East Asian Studies. Fact and Originality, Fantasy and Forgery: Constructing Female Artistic Identities in Late Imperial China | Marsha Haufler. Kenneth Brashier, “Public Memory in Early China” (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014) Kenneth Brashier View on Amazon Ken Brashier’s new book is another tour de force and must-read for scholars of Chinese studies.

Public Memory in Early China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2014) offers a history of identity and public memory in early China. An extensive introductory chapter lays a foundation for the rest of the book by exploring Han understandings of memory as concept and practice, including the import and nature of memorization within early manuscript culture and the ways that writing and recitation may have helped shape the cultural and political history of the Han dynasty. For my interview with Brashier about his earlier book, see here. For his wonderful website on the Hell Scrolls, see here. Ernest P. Young, “Ecclesiastical Colony: China’s Catholic Church and the French Religious Protectorate” (Oxford UP, 2013) Emma Teng, “Eurasian: Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842-1943″ (University of California Press, 2013)

Propaganda and ideology in everyday life: Chinese comic books. The Chinese collection at the British Library includes an interesting series of around 100 comic books published during the 1960s in the People’s Republic of China. They are an excellent historical and linguistic resource and represent an extraordinary example of how official sources can promote selected values and visions among citizens using material which is visually enjoyable or mainly intended for children’s education and entertainment.

Some of the comic books and books for children in the British Library Chinese collections (British Library ORB. 30/235) The collection of Chinese comics at the British Library can be divided into two main types: the so-called Lian huan hua 连环画, which are meant for individual reading by both children and adults, and comics intended for children’s education and language learning. The themes contained in the lian huan hua differ from year to year. You can find a video trailer here and access the course registration at this page. Resources: Shengqing Wu, “Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition, 1900-1937″ (Harvard Asia Center, 2014)

Shanghai Nightscapes: A Nocturnal Biography of a Global City, Farrer, Field. Jie Li, "Shanghai Homes: Palimpsests of Private Life" (Columbia UP, 2015) China. Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World, Ellis, Coulton, Mauger. The Reverse Marco Polo | The Daily Beagle. Voyages of Rabban Bar Sauma, 2007, PHGCOM In the West everyone knows the story of the Croat, Marco Polo, who traveled from Italy to the court of Kublai Khan in China in the 13th century.

Whilst it has become a fairly common belief that Marco Polo, in fact, didn’t go to China, but instead took his stories of China from merchant sailors, his story does give us an interesting insight into 13th century China through the eyes of a Westerner (or Westerners). However, the fact that there is a reverse Marco Polo story seems to have been missed by most people.

At almost exactly the same time a Nestorian Christian called Rabban Bar Sauma was sent from the court of Kublai Khan to Western Europe as an ambassador to the Pope, the King of England, and the King of France. In 431 AD the Patriarch of Constantinople, Nestorius, was cast from his see by the First Council of Ephesus. Nestorian Stele Rabban Bar Sauma returned to Baghdad and presented the gifts to Arghun Khan and the Patriarch. Like this: Matteo Ricci is one of the co-creaters of the first European-Chinese map. Wednesday, October 23, 2013 | By: Sophia Man (万美凤) China’s first ever introduction to the western world via maps was all due to one man, Matteo Ricci. Ricci was the first Westerner ever allowed into the Forbidden City and into the company of the Chinese Emperor. Though those were probably his finest moments, Ricci helped introduce the Western astrolabe, the sphere, and isoperimetrics to China.

Matteo Ricci had brought western atlases with him when he traveled to China, so Chinese cartographers were exposed to a new view of the known world. Ricci in turn was also enlightened by Chinese cartographers who revealed their own atlases of the world, Ricci found that they were just as complete, yet different to his own. In 1602, Matteo Ricci, along with the help of Li Zhizhao, a Chinese mathematician, astronomer, geographer and cartographer, engraved a new atlas of the world depicting the combined atlases.

You might also like: Nan @ Tumblr. Nan @ Tumblr. Politics of Men’s Hair in Chinese history ... History of Chinese Fireworks. How the history of Chinese fireworks began The history of making fireworks began with the ancient Chinese Daoists in the Han dynasty in 202 BC. During the Han dynasty, there was a religion called, Daoism (Dow-is-em). Daoists studied a form of science called alchemy and they were called alchemists. The ancient Chinese emperors of the Han dynasty went to the Daoists and said, “We want to live forever.”

The history of Chinese fireworks as we know them today The Han dynasty lasted until 220 AD without anyone understanding what else was needed to create fireworks. You see, potassium nitrate is a chemical that makes something burn. Sulfur is a gas that works to make the fireworks spray from a container. Charcoal is made when you burn wood very slowly. In the beginning, the fireworks were quite simple. After a while, the ancient Chinese found a better way of using the fireworks. Oh, yeah, fireworks! Photography of China – Pre-Mao, Mao & Post-Mao Era. History of China for 1912 in 52 cartoons :: Digital Books. "Shanghai in 1930s"- Legendary women | Vantage Shanghai | 贵在上海. AUTHOR: Vantage Shanghai Story Architect: Juliet Feng Contributing writers: Coco Shen, Cecilia Chan Translators: Coco Shen, Cecilia Chan, Rachel Gouk, Peijin Chen Special Thanks to the Shanghai History Museum During the 1920s and 30s, Shanghai’s movie, music and fashion industries started to take off.

Modelled on the fashion of Western countries and imitating the ‘star-making factories’ that produced starlets and sirens became the driving force behind the Chinese entertainment industry. The result was a generation of actresses – from the traditionally demure to the modern seductress – that have become legends for both their successful careers and scandalous personal lives. The Establishment of Record Companies Shanghai was the first city to introduce the music record in China. In 1889, gramophones were imported along with a variety of other foreign products and sold by foreign firms in the city at the beginning of the 20th century. The Wandering Songtress Zhou Xuan Hu Die Modern Times. Ling long Women's Magazine. French Journalist's Rediscovered Photos of 1930s Shanghai Reveal Everyday Lives of the Past. Louis-Philippe Messelier’s photographs of China in the 1930’s capture the dynamism and vitality of a nation on the cusp of great growth.

The French photographer's pieces are quickly gaining much deserved recognition after being featured on Photography of China, a media source that introduces a range of historical and contemporary photographers who focus on China. Through interesting use of angles, and a diverse choice of subject matter, Messelier’s collection of photographs provide a vivid glimpse into China’s past. At 18, Messelier (1901-1986) left his home in France to become involved with the wool industry in China. He juggled this career with photojournalism, working with the French Journal of Shanghai, and as a result his images manage to capture a huge variety of faces and places around China.

This rediscovered collection of images provides a rare glimpse into the history of China, transporting viewers to the past. Above: Opera Actor Snake charmer Japanese ladies in Shanghai harbour. East X East. Propaganda and ideology in everyday life: Chinese collection posters. The Chinese collection at the British Library includes an interesting series of around 40 posters produced in the 1970s and 1980s in the People’s Republic of China which represent an extraordinary example of popular visual material created by official sources to promote a sense of shared history and national identity.

Detail from富裕童喜, Fu yu tong xi, Wealthy and Happy Baby, author: Zhang Guiying, 1982, 77.5 x 53cm (British Library ORB. 99/104) The Chinese collection of posters from the 70s and 80s can be grouped by different subject areas and themes: New Year Prints, including the “chubby babies” series, theatre and film posters, educational posters, prints on the Mao cult, ethnic minorities and so on. In some of the posters we find a repetition of colours or symbols that for the Chinese viewer have significant meanings and which are immediately recognizable. The British Library Chinese collection also includes some examples of official posters for the so-called yang ban xi (样板戏).

Women Who Found A Way Creating a Women's Language. By Christie K K Leung Off Our Backs, Nov/Dec 2003 In ancient China, women were excluded from any standard education. Education of a man was a very good investment that would be rewarded if one day this man became a government official and was able to bring glory to his ancestors. But the education of a woman was considered to be the most extravagant luxury. Women did not need to know how to read and write since their main function in society was to be virtuous wives and caring mothers.

Even though poor women were deprived of the right to receive any standard education, some still found a way. Nushu means "women's writing" or "women's script. " No one knows exactly when this women's script was invented. Jiangyong County has always been blessed with rich and fertile soil that promises its residents abundant harvest. Within these women's chambers when men were out, women loved to gather together with other female relatives, friends or neighbors. Sworn Sisters Independent Souls. Ching Shih - The Chinese History-Made Female Pirate. Qiu Jin (November 8, 1875 - July 15, 1907) was a... - Asian History. Photos, letters from family of China’s last emperor on display in Hyogo. Carlos Rojas, "Homesickness: Culture, Contagion, and National Transformation in Modern China" (Harvard UP, 2015) ‘China’s Worst Policy Mistake’? by Nicholas D. Kristof.

Words can be Weapons. The women of China’s workforce. China’s easy riders. China's Lost Rivers - Angel Hsu and William Miao. The Suicide Catcher: Big Issues. The power of human technology. 马军 Ma Jun. Playing the market - China's small investors. Chinese researchers have genetically modified human embryos—yet again. Rountable on the Poetry of Xu Lizhi.

A Suicide Survivor: the life of a Chinese migrant worker at Foxconn 自殺未遂 ある富士康移民労働者の暮らし. Lu Zhang, "Inside China's Automobile Factories" (Cambridge UP, 2014) Chinese Labor Divided. The-disintegration-of-rural-china. Faked in China. The Chinese Lingerie Venders of Egypt. Ruth Hayhoe, "China Through the Lens of Comparative Education: The Selected Works of Ruth Hayhoe" (Routledge. 2015) Winnie Won Yin Wong, "Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade" (University of Chicago Press, 2014) How to Be a Chinese Democrat: An Interview with Liu Yu by Ian Johnson. Mao’s China: The Language Game by Perry Link. Conference Paper Format2 libre. I Read a Book: Susan Blumberg-Kason’s Good Chinese Wife: A Love Affair with China Gone Wrong (2014) | The Grand Narrative. How One Woman Reacted to China’s Terrible Smog.

China’s “homowives” are becoming unlikely champions for gay rights. China: Inventing a Crime by Perry Link. 'Go Lala Go!' and 'Working Girl': The Chinese/American Dream. Female Imams Blaze Trail Amid China's Muslims. "Comfort women" recount abuse. Fleeing China. Breaking taboo, Chinese newspaper carries editorial on Tiananmen. A Student’s Death Exposes the Chaos of China’s Medical System, Exacerbated by Baidu Search Engine. Hundreds of Chinese Schoolchildren Have Been Poisoned, But Their Affluent Families Aren’t Winning Them Much Sympathy.

China: What the Uighurs See by Ian Johnson. {Helen Cai} Ethnic Groups in China: a history and a comparison - Duke East Asia Nexus. Family Portraits of all 56 ethnic groups in China. China’s Minority Ethnic, Racism and Sensibility Issues. Kathleen López, “Chinese Cubans: A Transnational History” (UNC Press, 2013) As Chinese-Cuban Population Dwindles, Traditions Die | Media Relations.

The Jewish Refugees of Shanghai. If Online Comments Are Any Evidence, China Has an Anti-African Racism Problem. Wilt Idema, “The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun” (Columbia University Press, 2014) Kristina Kleutghen, “Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces” (U of Washington Press, 2015) Modern Asia.

Modern Asia. Yuemagazine. Dim, Sum and Rock ‘n’ Roll | 10 Chinese Rock Bands. A Musical Pioneer: China’s Classical Guitarist Xuefei Yang. 100 Flowers: Introduction | Column. 100 Flowers: Yan Jun | Column.