Internet Guide for Chinese Studies Newsletter
24 Dec 2006

Dear readers,

Since a couple of months the IGCS is in the process of complete reprogramming and re-designing. This project is done in collaboration with the Berlin State Library, the Institute of Chinese Studies at Heidelberg University, and a couple of other partners (see The IGCS part of the project is sceduled to come to a conclusion sometime in the second half of 2007. As a result you will be able to access a much larger number of descriptions provided by various institutions, automatic and continuous link checking, as well as a much improved navigation and search capability.

Due to this reprogramming efforts no new descriptions were added to the IGCS for some time. However, during the last two weeks 16 new descriptions were created the most interesting of which I will list below. For the complete list please visit the What's New section of the IGCS at

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

With kind regards,

Hanno Lecher
Editor, Internet Guide for Chinese Studies

Full-text Databases

Les classiques des sciences sociales : Marcel Granet et la Chine ancienne (The classics of social science : Marcel Granet and ancient China) (Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi, Chicoutimi, Canada) (
Language: French.
Description: This site contains fulltext publications in French on ancient China (up to Han Dynasty, AD 220) by eminent French Sinologists of the early 20th century, freely downloadable in Word, PDF or Rich text format.
Contents: (1) Marcel Granet (1884-1940) (his 13 publications on ancient China, including "La civilisation chinoise" and "La pensee chinoise"); (2) Les Classiques chinois (translations of the Confucian classics in French and English); (3) Les contemporains de Marcel Granet (publications by Henri Maspero (1883-1945), Edouard Chavannes (1865-1918), Leon Weiger s.j. (1845-1933), Henri Cordier (1849-1925), Ernst Viktor Zenker (1865-1946), Victor Segalen (1878-1919), P. Henri Dore, s.j. (1859-1931) and Pere Evariste Huc (1813-1860).
Note: Although the site does not offer a fulltext search function, all texts are searchable using advanced search features of Google and other search engines (e.g. by restricting search to the domain "").
Resource suggested by Rudolf G. Wagner, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.

Digital Silk Roads (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan)
Language: English, Japanese.
Cited description: "We wish to archive now the huge amount of cultural resources that have been collected and studied from the ancient to the current in a form without deterioration, and inherit those resources for the future. We wish to improve accessibility to those cultural resources for many people to actually see and use those resources."
Description: A fascinating collection of different resources. Most of the resources are fully searchable (full text as well as image and map search!).
Contents: (1) Digital Silk Roads (Digital Archive of Toyo Bunko Rare Books; Citadel of Bam, Iran: Keeping Memories and Gathering Information for Post-earthquake Reconstruction; Silkroad Narratives; Digital Silkroad Kids; Silkroad Maps; Silkroad Terms; Silk Roads in Photographs; NII Imaginary Museum DSR); (2) Overview (About the Project; Portal Sites at NII; Sub Projects; Publications and Others; Project Members; Support); (3) Symposium.
Resource suggested by Rudolf G. Wagner, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany.

Media Landscape

Biganzi (China Digital Times, Berkeley China Internet Project, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA) (
Language: English.
Cited description: "[...] a new blog channel dedicated to tracking developments within the dynamic field of   watchdog   reporting in China. In Chinese, bi ganzi means 'wielders of the pen,' as Mao Zedong termed the propaganda soldiers of his Marxist-Leninist Revolution. Today, the Communist Party-ruled state retains ultimate authority and nominal ownership over the news media, but the erstwhile bi ganzi have in large part become aggressive, independent-minded journalists, who feel empowered to expose injustices and thereby push the envelope of reform. The function of BIGANZI is to report regularly on their breakthroughs, their setbacks and their scandals. Our goal is not to act as an exhaustive daily digest of goings-on within the Chinese press. Rather, it is to add to an already lively conversation taking place among Chinese media watchers. Besides flagging stories breaking in traditional media outlets and on the Internet, BIGANZI seeks to contribute behind-the-scenes reporting and original analysis."


Song research tools (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, US) (
Language: English.
Cited description: "Song Research Tools is a guide to bibliographies, indexes, dictionaries, encyclopedias, atlases and chronologies of use to those interested in all aspects of Chinese society during the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Peter Bol, Harvard College Professor and Charles H. Carswell Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University, published the first edition of Sung Research Tools in 1990. With the publication of the online guide in 2003 Song Research Tools went into its third edition. The online edition, last updated in November 2006, contains more than 200 new titles. The online guide, now edited by Hilde De Weerdt, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville [...]."
Contents: (1) Guides to the state of the field (Societies, newsletters, and journals; Retrospective assessments of the field; Introductions to the study of Sung history); (2) Bibliographies and abstracts of recent scholarship (In Western languages; In Chinese; In Japanese and Korean; Specialized bibliographies); (3) Bibliographies and abstracts of Sung-period sources (Modern comprehensive bibliographies; Modern specialized bibliographies and series; Sung-period bibliographies; Sung editions and inscriptions); (4) Historical encyclopedias and modern chronologies (Historical encyclopedias and dictionaries; Chronologies); (5) Biographical dictionaries and indexes to biographical information (Biographical dictionaries; Indexes to comprehensive biographical information; Dates of Sung figures; Personal-name indexes; Biographical series); (6) Indexes and concordances to Sung texts (The Sung shih; Other historical works; Literary writings and miscellanies; Neo-Confucian and Buddhist texts; Indexes to Sung texts whose contents are mainly pre-Sung; Comprehensive indexes and electronic databases); (7) Atlases, maps and place-name indexes (Atlases and maps; Guides to administrative and geographical locations; Indexes to Sung-period geographies; Place-name indexes to other works; Modern geographical studies and series); (8) Resources on the government (The structure of government; bureaucratic ranks; incumbents in certain offices; Offices and official titles); (9) Dictionaries and glossaries (Modern dictionaries and glossaries; Sung-period dictionaries and annotated glossaries); (10) Sung works with detailed tables of contents; (11) Appendix (List of Library of Congress Subject Headings Related to the Song Dynasty). Resource suggested via the H-Asia mailinglist (27 Nov 2006) by Hilde De Weerdt, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, US.

History - Republican China ; Society - China ; Photography

Thomas H. Hahn docu-images (Thomas H. Hahn, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA) (
Language: English.
Cited description: "The galleries on display here belong to the category of documentary photography. The main subject area is China and that country's rather rapid transformation from a rural to an urban-centered society. Taken together, these galleries constitute a visual archive that for the most part is meant to capture and to preserve information (or 'evidence of certain developments' perhaps). Only sometimes are these photographs suggestive or interpretive. [...] As of October 2006, specific themes prevalent in these galleries are: 1. Chinese modern art; 2. Urbanization and architecture (both historical and modern); 3. Daoist and/or Buddhist mountains, monasteries and 'theme parks'; 4. The city of Tianjin (formerly known as Tientsin); 5. Views of the cities Fuzhou and Yangzhou; 6. Impressions of Tibet (scanned photographs from my visit in 1986)."
Contents: (1) China urban planning materials; (2) Contemporary Chinese art (including Factory 798); (3) Tibetan lands and people; (4) Historical material (Yuanming yuan, ca. 1870; Dayi Landlord Exhibition; Yunnan 1944); and many other topics. Resource suggested via Asian Studies WWW Monitor (07 Dec 2006) by Thomas H. Hahn.


Der Westen in China - China im Westen = Cultural relations between China and the West (Ostasiatisches Seminar, Universitat Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland) (
Language: German, English.
Cited description: "This database project is dedicated to the cultural relations between China and the West (1245-2000). It links systematically collected and scientifically validated biographic and bibliographic information. The main items are chronology and names, which are indexed and searchable. [...] The subject fields currently [Dec 2006 - ed.] comprise the following: history, religion, history of missions, travel and legation accounts, history of medias, geography, history of universities, sinology, literature, philosophy, art, and science." Resource suggested by Andrea Riemenschnitter, Zurich University, Zurich, Switzerland.

Fine Arts - General

Chinese avant-garde art archive : Wen Pulin archive of Chinese avant garde art (Charles W. Wason Collection on East Asia, Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA ; Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA) (
Language: English.
Description: The Wen Pulin Archive of Chinese Avant Garde Art contains some 360 hours of digital video documenting the history of contemporary Chinese art, installation, and performance since 1985. [...] a unique international resource of video footage of art events, art performances, installations, and artist studio tours and interviews that traces the history of Chinese culture over this consequential twenty year period. This unique collection, which, due to the sensitive nature of its materials, is at present still restricted in use in China, will provide students and researchers with previously unseen documentation of the important developments in contemporary art in China over the past twenty years, the period of China's tremendous growth into a major venue of contemporary art and global culture.
Contents: (1) Home; (2) About (Content listing of the video Archive; List of the artists occuring in the video segments; Chinese Modern Art - a bibliography; ...); (3) Biographies of various artists (Cui Jian; Du Zhenjun; Feng Mengbo; Li Xianting; Lin Yilin; Lu Shengzhong; Mou Sen; Song Dong; Song Yongping; Xing Danwen; Xu Bing; Yu Xiaofu; Zhang Dali; Zhou Shaobo; Chen Lingyang); (4) Timeline; (5) Biography of Wen Pulin (including a number of interviews); (6) Further readings.


With kind regards,

Hanno E. Lecher


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