Chinese Literature Today free access

From Jan 14 to Jan 31, 2019, readers can view and download the full contents of Chinese Literature Today 7(2) via Taylor&Francis’s CLTwebsite ( This current issue features poet Yu Xiuhua 余秀华, writer Ai Wei 艾伟, and scholar Dai Jinhua 戴锦华. Please take advantage of this promotion period. After Jan 31, you will have to subscribe to have access to the full contents of this issue on the T&F website. 

Ping Zhu <>

New Li Bai biography by Ha Jin

Source: Sup China (1/9/19)
A New Li Bai Biography By Ha Jin, ‘The Banished Immortal,’ Looks At The Man Behind The Myth

Li Bai towers over Chinese literature. But few have attempted, in English, to explain the man behind such household poems as “Quiet Night Thoughts,” “Waking from Drunkenness on a Spring Day,” and “Drinking Alone by Moonlight” — how an itinerant drunk with political aspirations would end up becoming the greatest poet in Chinese history.

The Banished Immortal Ha Jin

Li Bai (701-762), also known as Li Bo or Li Po, was a poet during China’s Tang Dynasty (618-907), amassing a legacy over his lifetime that would be surpassed by none. Yet few outside of the Chinese-speaking world know his name. Luckily, that may be about to change. Xuefei Jin (pen name Ha Jin), a National Book Award recipient (for Waiting) and creative writing professor at Boston University, has written a new biography of Li Bai called The Banished Immortal: A Life of Li Baiwhich is available through Pantheon Press as of yesterday. His work gives the English-reading world access to a wealth of information about one of China’s greatest cultural icons, someone as revered as Shakespeare is in the West.

Ha Jin’s is not the first English-language biography of Li Bai. Sinologist Arthur Waley wrote The Poetry and Career of Li Po in 1950, and Jin cites from this book as well as from multiple other biographical accounts of Li Bai written in Chinese. Although I was not able to obtain Waley’s book, if the paper on Li Bai he presented to the China Society of London’s School of Oriental Studies in 1918, available freely online, is any indication, Jin’s biography is a much-needed English-language update on Li Bai’s life and legacy for the 21st century. Waley gives only a brief account of Li Bai’s life before devoting much of the rest of the book to translating his poetry. Jin’s book, on the other hand, is a 292-page, detailed account of Li Bai’s life from his birth to his death, interspersed with translations of his poetry throughout. Secondly, Waley is critical of Li Bai’s talent as a poet and patronizing toward his status in Chinese society. He even goes so far as to comment that Western scholars would never have selected Li Bai as one of China’s greatest poets, dismissing outright the popular opinions of Chinese scholars as though they do not matter. Continue reading

Ming Qing Studies 2018

edited by PAOLO SANTANGELO Sapienza University of Rome

We are glad to inform you that Ming Qing Studies 2018 has been issued in November by “Write Up Site”: qing-studies-2018.html.

MING QING STUDIES is an annual publication focused on late imperial China and the broader geo-cultural area of East Asia during the premodern and modern period. Its scope is to provide a forum for scholars from a variety of fields seeking to bridge the gap between ‘oriental’ and western knowledge. Articles may concern any discipline, including sociology, literature, psychology, anthropology, history, geography, linguistics, semiotics, political science, and philosophy. Contributions by young and post-graduated scholars are particularly welcome. Continue reading

The Handsome Monk

Dear Colleagues,

I’m pleased to announce that my translation of The Handsome Monk and Other Stories, by Tsering Döndrup, is now available, published by Columbia University Press.

Tsering Döndrup is a Mongolian-Tibetan author from Amdo (Qinghai Province). He is one of the most popular and acclaimed authors writing in Tibetan today, and is renowned for his humorous and penetrating critiques of contemporary Tibetan society. Of particular interest will be the manner in which he treats the experiences of Tibetans in modern China, including the major impact of Chinese on the modern Tibetan language.

Here is the link to the publisher’s page. There is a 30% discount with the code CUP30:

The distributor in the UK, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia is John Wiley & Sons (, and Footprint Books in Australia and New Zealand (


Christopher Peacock <>

Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, no. 101

The latest issue of Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica, Vol. 101 is now available online at:



Casting the Territory: A Study of Two Cabinets of Coins from the Qianlong Period in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg
By Lai Yu-chih

Wang Guowei and Hu Shi on Literary Revolution
By Joseffin Sae-Chen

Lessons from Japan’s Governance in Taiwan: An Analysis of Fujian’s Official Taiwan Surveys and Investigations, 1911-1933
By Lin Wenkai

[Book Reviews]

Wu Jen-shu, “Paradise” after Disaster: City Life in Suzhou during the Anti-Japanese War, Reviewed by An Shaofan

Posted by: Jhih-hong JHENG <>

Postsocialist Conditions

Dear Colleagues,

Due to technical reasons, my book Postsocialist Conditions: Ideas and History in China’s “Independent Cinema”, 1988-2008 was postponed for publication. But now it is available. You can find the description in the Brill website and you can purchase it from Please see the following links. Thank you.

Best Regards,

Xiaoping Wang <>

Made in China Journal 3.4

Dear Colleagues,

I am glad to announce the publication of the latest issue of the Made in China Journal. You can download the pdf for free and subscribe at this link: Below you can find the editorial of the new issue:

To the Soil: The Labour of Rural Transformation in China

In December 2018, the Chinese authorities commemorated the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, an event generally hailed as the beginning of the country’s rise as a global economic and political power. These four decades of unprecedented economic growth and transformation have been rooted in a fundamental socioeconomic restructuring. Contemporary China has changed from a largely agrarian society predominantly inhabited by peasants, to a rapidly urbanising one, characterised by a floating populace moving back and forth between rural and urban spaces, which are in a continuous state of flux. Going hand in hand with China’s ascent into modernity is the subordination of rural areas and people. While rural China has historically been a site of extraction and exploitation, in the post-reform period this has intensified, and rurality itself has become a problem, best typified through the ubiquitous propaganda about the need to revitalise the countryside, and ongoing attempts to reconstruct rural areas in a new image. Continue reading

Vintage movie magazines

Source: CNN (12/9/18)
Vintage Chinese movie magazines capture a glamorous bygone era
By Oscar Holland, CNN

Credit: Paul Fonoroff / University of California, Berkeley

If Hollywood’s golden era can be understood through magazines like Silver Screen and Photoplay, then China’s early film industry can also be viewed through the most popular movie publications of their day.

For film critic and historian, Paul Fonoroff, this means studying the elaborate, colorful pages of titles like Movie Weekly, Silver Flower Monthly and the supremely popular Chin-Chin Screen. Continue reading

Communication and the Public special issue

Communication and the Public has a new special issue on “Embodied and Embedded Connectivity–New Perspectives on Communication, the Public and Cultural Heritages,” guest-edited by Xinmin Liu. Please see table of contents below.


Guobin Yang <>

Communication and the Public
Volume 3 Number 4 December 2018

Special Issue: Embodied and Embedded Connectivity–New Perspectives on Communication, the Public and Cultural Heritages, Guest Editor: Xinmin Liu

Introduction to Special Issue
Foreword: Placing the public(s) in revitalizing local and rural cultural heritages
By Xinmin Liu Continue reading

Visual Arts, Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China

Visual Arts, Representations and Interventions in Contemporary China: Urbanized Interface
Edited by Minna Valjakka and Meiqin Wang

ToC + Introduction

This edited volume provides a multifaceted investigation of the dynamic interrelations between visual arts and urbanization in contemporary Mainland China with a focus on unseen representations and urban interventions brought about by the transformations of the urban space and the various problems associated with it. Through a wide range of illuminating case studies, the authors demonstrate how innovative artistic and creative practices initiated by various stakeholders not only raise critical awareness on socio-political issues of Chinese urbanization but also actively reshape the urban living spaces. The formation of new collaborations, agencies, aesthetics and cultural production sites facilitate diverse forms of cultural activism as they challenge the dominant ways of interpreting social changes and encourage civic participation in the production of alternative meanings in and of the city. Their significance lies in their potential to question current values and power structures as well as to foster new subjectivities for disparate individuals and social groups. Continue reading

Vol. 30, no. 2 of MCLC

We are pleased to announce publication of vol. 30, no. 2 (Fall 2018) of MCLC. Those of you who subscribe will be receiving your copies over the next couple of weeks. Those who would like to subscribe–and why wouldn’t you?–can contact Mario De Grandis at Find the table of contents below, with links to abstracts of each essay.

Kirk A. Denton, editor

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
Volume 30, Number 2 (Fall, 2018)

New publication on Chinese contemporary art

Dear List Members,

I would like to inform MCLC list members of my recent publication with MIT Press. Dissidence: The Rise of Chinese Contemporary Art in the West is a study of the Western reception of Chinese contemporary art since 1989. In this book, I propose that Western based art-world institutions recognize and valorize dissident gestures – artistic and political – as a means of distinguishing the singular originality of an artist, work, or genre. This book then explores how this valorization of dissidence has influenced the recognition and rise of Chinese contemporary art.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach combining sociology and art history, the book follows the careers of nine Chinese artists – Wang Du, Wang Keping, Huang Yong Ping, Yang Jiechang, Chen Zhen, Yan Pei-Ming, Shen Yuan, Ru Xiaofan, and Du Zhenjun – as they moved from China to France before, during, and after 1989.  Through an analysis of the artists’ production, exhibitions, relationships with art-world agents, curatorial essays, and art reviews, I demonstrate how Chinese art and artists after the Tiananmen Square incident were valued not only for their artistic dissidence (their formal innovations), but also for their perceived political dissidence – that is, how their work was and, in many cases continues to be, understood and recognized as a dissident resistance to the regulation of free expression in China.  The book concludes by considering how the valorization of Chinese contemporary art highlights the often-unrecognized relationship between contemporary art and liberal democracy, and how this relationship, in turn, makes supporting contemporary art a political dilemma for China.

All the best,

Marie Leduc, Ph.D. <>

TAP, fall 2018

The fall 2018 issue of the Trans Asia Photography Review, “Family Photographs”, is now available online at (you may need to refresh your browser to view the new contents). This issue, which is guest edited by Deepali Dewan, features the following articles and book reviews:

Introduction, Deepali Dewan

“A Treasury of Rays”: Finding a Winter Garden in Palestine, Alessandra Amin

Thinking of a Place, Surendra Lawoti

Diaspora and Performance: Reenacting the Family Album, Jessica Nakamura

Family Intact: An Experience of being Photographed, Suryanandini Narain

Finding Family in The Times of India’s Mid-Century Kodak Ads, Jennifer Orpana

Photos Unhomed: Orphan Images and Militarized Visual Kinship, Thy Phu

Modern Family: The Transformation of the Family Photograph in Qajar Iran, Staci Gem Scheiwiller

Review of Guts, by Masaki Yamamoto, Sebastian Galbo

Please take a look, and spread the word to your networks!

All the best,
Sandra Matthews, Editor

Women and the Periodical Press in China

New Publication
Women and the Periodical Press in China’s Long Twentieth Century: A Space of their Own?
EDITORS: Michel Hockx, Joan Judge, and Barbara Mittler
Cambridge University Press, 2018

In this major new collection, an international team of scholars examine the relationship between the Chinese women’s periodical press and global modernity in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The essays in this richly illustrated volume probe the ramifications for women of two monumental developments in this period: the intensification of China’s encounters with foreign powers and a media transformation comparable in its impact to the current internet age. The book offers a distinctive methodology for studying the periodical press, which is supported by the development of a bilingual database of early Chinese periodicals. Throughout the study, essays on China are punctuated by transdisciplinary reflections from scholars working on periodicals outside of the Chinese context, encouraging readers to rethink common stereotypes about lived womanhood in modern China, and to reconsider the nature of Chinese modernity in a global context.