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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.


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:

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.

Esherick-Ye Family Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

The Esherick-Ye Family Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its inaugural competition for small grants of up to $5,000 to support projects in modern Chinese economic, social, and political history or archaeology.

Grants support travel to China for research or field work, and are available for graduate students and junior faculty for projects on modern Chinese history and for undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior faculty in archaeology.

Re: Member publication: Cook, The Cultural Revolution on Trial

Great news, congratulations! I have already ordered one of the copies and waited to read it. This topic is so important, really looking forward to your revisit. Almost any effort is contemporary China to establish a modern legal system can be traced back to this trial. Still remember my supervisor back in Peking Uni Law School to call back his memory on this event, it is the reason for him to pursue a career of law back then.

Re: Hu Xiansu mistakenly identified as Chen Duxiu in photo alongside Hu Shih

Thank you, Jeremy (if I may), for criculating the note. Also thank others for further demonstrating the note's significance. This makes me feel "self-critical" in the other direction. Last April, I published a paper regarding Hu Xiansu and other Chinese biologists working in Nanjing during the Republican period, which used the exact photo. Though having cited the correct information, I have not mentioned the photo's wide-spread misidentification in the paper or elsewhere. Jeremy, you certainly set a good example for me here.

Re: Hu Xiansu mistakenly identified as Chen Duxiu in photo alongside Hu Shih

Thanks, Jeremy, for the initial post, and to Shakhar for the follow-on correction. We just used the Gamble photograph in a poster announcing our spring lectures at the Fairbank Center, mis-identifying it as taken on May 4 1919. We'll be issuing a clarification too now.

I just checked the Spence book from which we took the photograph, and the caption there is careful not to make the same mistake. It states words to the effect: a gathering at Tianmen, which was the site of the May 4 1919 protest.

best wishes,



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