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Re: Amy King on "Hurting the Feelings of the Chinese People"

Thank you for sharing this, Aminda. The document at the heart of Amy's essay is available, in English translation, at The original citation is Chinese Foreign Ministry Archive, 105-00669-02, 16-22. Speaking as one of the editors of the blog where Amy's post appears ("Sources and Methods"): we welcome contributions related to PRC history from others in the H-PRC community. Best, Chuck

Amy King on "Hurting the Feelings of the Chinese People"

Many H-PRC members will be interested in Amy King's excellent exploration of "the origins, first use, and logic of that peculiar Chinese foreign policy phrase" 伤害了中国人民的感情, or hurting the feelings of the Chinese people:

Re: Lost Marriage Records in Xicheng District

Fabio, thank you for sharing your experiences at the Xicheng Archive as well as this perplexing story. DMV is an apt description. I gained a similar impression after visiting several district archives in Shanghai: Huangpu, Jing'an, Changning, Baoshan, and Zhabei (which I think is now defunct?). I typically expected a similar level of service as I would at a stereotypical DMV. The Baoshan archives has refused to let me look at anything, despite my persistence over the years. It took weeks of pestering to get one morning of access at Changning. Huangpu and Jing'an were better but not easy.

Lost Marriage Records in Xicheng District

District archives in Beijing seem to function more like DMV offices than locations for scholarly research. They provide services for the residents by issuing marriage and divorce certificates, hukou documentation (they often have records of zhiqing 知情relocation), and proof of real estate property (often by previous generations). Some of them—although not all—also host archives of more direct interest to a PRC historian.


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