Help Berkshire select the “100 Most Influential Chinese Figures Since 1979”

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With apologies for cross-posting

Dear List members,

Berkshire Publishing is in the process of selecting—or, rather, having experts select—the 100 most important Chinese individuals of the past 35 years (since 1979) for inclusion in the contemporary China volume of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, edited by Kerry Brown (University of Sydney). We are inviting senior scholars and experts on the H-PRC list (particularly in the fields of art, literature, and business) to help us make the final selection.

Our scope is broad and making such a selection is a challenging task. Some choices are obvious; many are not. We have an initial list of 250 possible names—which is very rough, and includes people currently prominent in the media and quite possibly of no long-lasting significance—that is available online for review. All judges will be acknowledged and those who give exceptional guidance and advice will be listed as special advisors. While we turn toward senior scholars for help with compiling the list of entries, we will be commissioning younger scholars to write articles as well. The advisory board for the first three volumes of the Dictionary included Christopher Cullen (University of Cambridge), Peng Guoxiang (Tsinghua University), Julia Lovell (University of London), Chloe Starr (Yale University), Jan Stuart (British Museum), John H. Wills, Jr. (University of Southern California), and Frances Wood (British Library). Contributors included Ross Terrill, Ezra Vogel, Michael Dillon, Colin Mackerras, Jonathan Fenby, and Lowell Dittmer.

If you are interested in reviewing this list, please contact us directly at, and I will be happy to send you a link and additional instructions. We welcome Chinese reviewers in particular as we do not want this to be a Western view of what matters in China. We will close the survey on 30 April 2014, midnight EDT.

We are grateful to the many China scholars who have already participated, and look forward to welcoming many more. If you have further questions or comments, please do let us know.

Kind regards,

Marjolijn (Mar) KAISER 柯悠伦, China Projects Coordinator
Berkshire Publishing Group LCC