H-PRC is the H-Net presence of the PRC History Group, a network of scholars with interests in the history of the People’s Republic of China.  We define history broadly, to encompass a wide variety of disciplinary approaches, and we understand the history of the PRC to include eras prior to the official change of state power in 1949.

Recent Discussions

More on foreigners in China: Who were these individuals?

I have just finished compiling a detailed list of contents of the NCNA’s 《对外宣传参考资料》for the years 1972 to 1975 and intend to put this list on the web in PDF format this week. But, before I do that (and in order, ultimately, to enhance the usefulness of the list) I need to pick what Fabio Lanza has already designated the ”collective archival brain” of H-PRC members. My query is simple: what were/are the names in English of the individuals below? Your help would be much appreciated!

"Too early to say"

I have a question for the collective archival brain of H-PRC. A couple of years ago, the retired diplomat Chas Freeman wrote that the famous Zhou Enlai quote "It's too early to say" was in response to a question not about the French Revolution but about the events of 1968. Which makes more sense to me.

Freeman argued that the quote was taken out of context... but does anybody have the context? Zhou supposedly said it during the Nixon visit (or maybe the Kissinger visit). Is there any Chinese report/transcript/evidence of that exchange? 

Re: 关于 H-PRC成员《自我介绍》的通知




H-PRC编辑者: Jacob Eyferth, Aminda Smith, Matthew Johnson

NEH Grants - Information for Asian Studies Scholars and Collections at AAS Meeting

For those who will be in attendance at the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Philadelphia:

Program Officers from the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) will be available to advise prospective applicants for NEH grants at the Association for Asian Studies meeting in Philadelphia, March 27-30, 2014.

20-minute appointments are available on Saturday, March 29, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room 406 of the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street (i.e., the main conference hotel). A limited number of walk-in appointments may be available.

What foreigners visiting Mao's China said and heard

A colleague recently asked me where, if anywhere, one might find contemporary Chinese records of visits by foreigners (including tourists, professional delegations, journalists, “foreign friends,” etc.) to Mao’s China? What he had in mind, I believe, are such things as notes on questions that foreign visitors posed (as well as on what they were told in response, I guess) while visiting this or that People’s Commune, neighborhood committee, factory, or kindergarten.

Links and Resources

Dear colleagues,

Just a brief invitation to take a stroll by the "links and resources" page of prchistory.org (http://prchistory.org/links-and-resources/), if you've got a moment, and share your thoughts concerning essential online resources that we've not yet included.  I hope to keep that section of the site a regularly updated feature, and so would be most grateful for your suggestions now or in the future.  

All best,


A New 'Document of the Month' from Michael Schoenhals (March 2014)

The PRC History Group presents the second installment in the Document of the Month Series, curated by Michael Schoenhals.  View the entire series at prchistory.org

March 2014

What Is to Be Done? A Note from the Communist Underground (1961)


Research Notes and Resources from PRC Historians

We are very excited to announce a new section of the prchistory.org website -- "Research Notes."

The current notes cover ongoing research programs, histories, and states of the field with special reference to China- and PRC-related research communities based in Europe.  Titles appear below.  Reports can be accessed via http://prchistory.org/notes/

We are immensely grateful to the current contributors.  If you or a colleague would like to add a report to the page,  please contact H-PRC News (newshprc at gmail dot com).