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.

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QUERY: Contemporary Ethnography of the Hungry Ghost Festival in the PRC

Dear colleagues,

I am trying to locate contemporary (since 1980) English/French ethnographies of the Hungry Ghost Festival (yu lan jie 盂兰节/ zhong yuan jie 中元节) in China.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance.

Isabel Essebag

(Graduate Student, McGill University)

Socialist cultural remnants panel for AAS 2017

Dear all, 

I am in the process of setting up an interdisciplinary panel for AAS 2017 (Toronto, March 16-19, 2017) with the tentative title of “socialist cultural remnants in post-socialist China”. It will examine the material and cultural remnants that once created an affective environment and still shape the social and cultural life of the PRC.  Ideally, the panel will feature both historians and literature/culture study scholars. 

Conference Registration: China's Propaganda System: Legacies and Enduring Themes (closing soon).

Date: 30th June – 1st July 2016.

Location: University of Kent, United Kingdom.

Registration site: https://kenthospitality.kent.ac.uk/Register/Chinaspropaganda

Registration closes: 16th June 2016.

Purpose of the conference:

Plain Words: A Spouse Is a Spouse Is a Spouse

It normally takes those of us who are non-native speakers of the Chinese language quite a long time to develop a ”feel” for the insignificance of certain minor terminological differences in official PRC documents. What I have in mind are not the kind of subtle differences that gave rise to Pekingology, but in a sense their opposite: those that we in the end may safely decide don’t mean all that much.

Call for papers: “The Chinese Civil War and the Cold War: the Regional Impact.” Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK. October 27-29, 2016.

“The Chinese Civil War and the Cold War: the Regional Impact”
International Conference
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
October 27-29, 2016


Qiu family

Dear all,

I just looked at the online journal JIYI. The first article in no.154

mentions QIu Chun who seems to be the father of the writer Qiu Ran.

Has anyone studied them or their works?

Who was the mother?

Are there more articles on them in the online journals?


Thomas Kampen


Updates concerning PRC history -- a very incomplete list (contributions and additions sought!)

Dear H-PRC listserv members,


Below are my very fragmented notes concerning recent resources, publications, etc. that I have seen circulating in the digital sphere. I'm posting them in part to encourage others to "fill in the blanks" as they see appropriate, either in the thread created by this discussion or in separate posts.