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Tōngdiǎn 通典 (Tongdian Encyclopedia)

Peter B. DITMANSON Tongdian ?? is an encyclopedia compiled in the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE) by the prominent scholar-official Du You ?? (735–812 CE). A survey of the social, political and cultural institutions of Chinese history, the Tongdian served as … Continue reading

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Máo Zhǔxí Yǔlù 毛主席语录 (Little Red Book)

Richard LEVY Mao’s Little Red Book. A portrait of Mao Zedong is embossed on the front. PHOTO BY PAUL AND BERNICE NOLL. Known in the West as “The Little Red Book,” Quotations from Chairman Mao Zedong ????? is a thirty-three-chapter … Continue reading

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Běncǎo Gāngmù 本草纲目 (Compendium of Materia Medica)

Carla NAPPI A page from an 18th century edition of the Compendium of Materia Medica. The Compendium of Materia Medica (Bencao gangmu; 1596) was an encyclopedic work of medicine and natural history written by Li Shizhen (1518–1593) in the last … Continue reading

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Bàoyè de fāzhǎn 报业的发展 (Newspaper Development)

HUANG Dan Newspapers in China have evolved from government gazettes that fostered communication between the central imperial court and local officials to the cosmopolitan newspapers of today. Modern, appealing, reader friendly—and available early in the day—they feature not only the … Continue reading

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Nánfāng Zhōumò南方周末 (Southern Weekend)

Judy POLUMBAUM Southern Weekend’s editorial liberalism and the free-market orientation of its business reporting often contrast with the positions of its parent, Southern Daily, the official publication of the Communist party in Guangzhou. Southern Weekend is internationally known for its … Continue reading

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Zázhì 杂志 (Magazines)

SHAO Peiren and Wendell ANDERSON In a country with a long history of printing, it is somewhat surprising that magazines in China have been around for only slightly more than a hundred years. The development of magazines was slow during … Continue reading

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Rénmín rìbào 人民日报 (People’s Daily)

Xuejian YU The main page of the People’s Daily website. People’s Daily ???? is the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee, and is the most influential and authoritative newspaper in China to represent the voice of the … Continue reading

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Yǒnglè Dà Diǎn 永乐大典 ()

Peter B. DITMANSON Two pages of the Yongle Dadian, one of the first encyclopedias ever printed. This was com-missioned by the Yongle Emperor, the greatest of the Ming Dynasty emperors. Yongle dadian 永乐大典 is a massive, imperially-commissioned encyclopedia compiled in … Continue reading

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Zhōngguó Rìbào 中国日报 (China Daily)

Judy POLUMBAUM A woman reads the China Daily while perched on a porch. Like many newspapers the world over, China Daily’s online edition is expanding, with an expanded English version launched in February 2009. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. From … Continue reading

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Chūbǎn hángyè 出版行业 (Publishing Industry)

Robert E. BAENSCH Thumbing through books and magazines in a street side market. Soldier from the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) looks on. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. The publishing industry in China is growing, as can be seen by an … Continue reading

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