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Tongdian Encyclopedia (Tōngdiǎn 通典)

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 a longstanding model for the compilation of Chinese encyclopedias. The Tongdian (Survey of Institutions) is an historical encyclopedia of two […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Academic Research, Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Language and Learning
Little Red Book (Máo Zhǔxí Yǔlù 毛主席语录)

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

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 collection of 427 quotes from Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong. It was a linchpin in the early stages of […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance, Ideology
Compendium of Materia Medica (Běncǎo Gāngmù 本草纲目)

Compendium of Materia Medica (Běncǎo Gāngmù 本草纲目)

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 decades of the sixteenth century. Since the early seventeenth century it has become one of the most widely cited and […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Medicine, Science, Technology, and Medicine
Newspaper Development (Bàoyè de fāzhǎn 报业的发展)

Newspaper Development (Bàoyè de fāzhǎn 报业的发展)

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 news but coverage of sports, entertainment, and fashion trends. PHOTO BY JOAN LEBOLD COHEN. Newspapers have existed in China for […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Media

Southern Weekend (Nánfāng Zhōumò南方周末)

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 investigative reporting on topics such as health, environment, and corruption. Appearing first in 1984 as a weekly culture supplement to […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Media

Magazines (Zázhì 杂志)

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 most of the twentieth century. But since the 1980s, magazines, like other mass media in China, have been growing to […]

by · 23 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Media
People’s Daily (Rénmín rìbào 人民日报)

People’s Daily (Rénmín rìbào 人民日报)

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 Chinese central government. With a combined domestic and international circulation of over 3 million, it is ranked among the top […]

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Great Compendium of the Yongle Reign (Yǒnglè Dà Diǎn 永乐大典)

Great Compendium of the Yongle Reign (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 1408 and composed of thousands of excerpts from all across the Chinese textual tradition. Most of the encyclopedia was destroyed […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, History, Arts, and Culture, Literature
China Daily (Zhōngguó Rìbào 中国日报)

China Daily (Zhōngguó Rìbào 中国日报)

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 its beginnings in 1981, China Daily has developed into the national English-language newspaper of China. With a circulation of 300,000 […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Business and Economy, Organization
Publishing Industry (Chūbǎn hángyè 出版行业)

Publishing Industry (Chūbǎn hángyè 出版行业)

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 increase in the number of new book titles, bookstores, consumer magazines, and a consolidation of imprints. The science, technology, and […]

by · 22 January 2012 · Comments are Disabled · Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Business and Economy, Industry