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Research guide: Chinese Studies
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Books
  • Encyclopedia of Chinese-American relations
    E183.8.C5 E53 2006
  • Encyclopedia of contemporary Chinese culture
    DS779.23 .E53 2005
  • China today: an encyclopedia of life in the People's Republic
    DS777.6 .C458 2005
  • An annotated bibliography for Chinese film studies = Zhongguo dian ying yan jiu shu mu ti yao
    Z5784.M9 C46 2004
  • Biographical dictionary of Chinese women
    HQ1767.5.A3 B56 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Chinese philosophy
    B126 .E496 2003
  • China: a global studies handbook
    DS706 .C4893 2003
  • Facts about China
    DS706 .F25 2003
  • Zhong hua cheng yu dian gu da quan
    PL1273 .C52 2003
  • Zhongguo wen xue shi
    PL2261 .Z46 2003
  • ABC dictionary of Chinese proverbs
    PL1273 .R64 2002
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Library Databases

  • Project Muse
    Full text articles from 300 humanities, arts, and social sciences journals.
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Audio Visual Materials
  • 2 million minutes (DVD)
    LB1607 .T95 2007b
    Examines the daily lives, pressures, and ambitions of six high school students the US, China, and India, and their future prospects in the global economy.
  • Nanjing = Nanking (DVD)
    DS777.5314 .N36 2007
    Tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China in the early days of World War II and focuses on the efforts of a small group of unarmed Westerners who established a Safety Zone where over 200,000 Chinese found refuge. Told through deeply moving interviews with Chinese survivors, archival footage, and chilling testimonies of Japanese soldiers, interwoven with staged readings of the Westerners' letters and diaries.
  • Golden venture (DVD)
    JV6483 .G65 2006
    In June, 1993, the Golden Venture, a freighter carrying 300 undocumented Chinese passengers, ran aground off New York. The deaths and deportations that followed became a crucial turning point, ushering in a new, repressive era that has led America (once a beacon of liberty) to tighten its borders.
  • China from the inside (DVD)
    DS779.2 .C45 2006
    A series of four documentaries that survey China through Chinese eyes to see how history has shaped them, and where the present is taking them. Deals with the governance of China; talks about the past and future for Chinese women; looks at China's environmental challenges; explores China's conflict between personal freedom and governance.
  • Nankin: la memoir et l'oubli (DVD)
    DS796.N2 N26 1997
    Although the Nanjing Massacre, a series a war crimes committed by Japanese troops in China's capital during the second Sino-Japanese War, occurred seventy years ago, the nature and extent of these atrocities remains the subject of continuing debate and the source of political tensions between China and Japan. [This film] uses archival footage and photos, interviews with Chinese survivors and eyewitnesses, former Japanese soldiers, and both Chinese and Japanese government officials, historians and lawyers, to document the events ... and to show how the interpretation of this history has become politicized.
  • The art of Chinese dance (DVD)
    GV1691 .A8 2005
    Features The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performing various traditional dances and an instructional section detailing basic moves, training, and some steps that parents can teach their children.
  • China's lost girls (DVD)
    HV1317 .C45 2005
    Host Lisa Ling examines the consequences of China's two-decade-old, one-child policy, as it is commonly called. To curb the country's exploding population, China limits most families to one child, or in certain circumstances, two children. Due to cultural, social and economic factors, traditional preference leans toward boys, so girls are often hidden, aborted or abandoned. As a result, tens of thousands of girls end up in orphanages across China.
  • China blue (DVD)
    HD2339.C6 C55 2005
    The largest human migration in history is taking place right now. Over 130 million Chinese peasants, mostly young women, have left their villages in search of jobs in the globalized economy. They comprise the world's larges pool of cheap labor, and are the main producers of clothes and other commodities for Western consumers. This is the story of Jasmine, a thread cutter; Li Ping, a seamstress; and Orchid, a zipper-installer and their experiences working in Mr. Lam's Lifeng Factory in Shaxi, a town near Canton.
  • Deng Yingchao (DVD)
    DS778.T435 D46 2004
  • 1421, the year China discovered America? (DVD)
    G322 .F68 2004
    Did a daring Chinese admiral sailing the world's largest wooden armada reach America 71 years before Columbus? This program examines the mystery surrounding the sailing exploits of the legendary Admiral Zheng He and his 30-year command of a Ming fleet. Part one discusses his known voyages to Asia and Africa; part two discusses the controversial theory that he rounded the Cape of Good Hope, and sailed on to America.
  • Men behind the sun (DVD)
    DS777.533.B55 B37 2004
    Story of a Japanese terror camp in the end of WW2, where the Japanese are using the Chinese as guinea pigs in terrible experiments to develop deadly bacterial-plagues
  • Chinese Communist Party: the new leap forward (DVD)
    HC427.95 .C484 2003
    This documentary examines the changes in the policies of the Chinese Communist Party which incorporate capitalistic elements.
  • China heritage of the wild dragon (VHS)
    DS715 .C45 2003
    The fine loess soil of the Yellow River basin quickly established that region as the home of China's earliest recorded dynasty. This program focuses primarily on Bronze Age China and the contributions of the Yin (or Shang) dynasty, with a tangential emphasis on the reign of the Qins.
  • A Chinese cracker: the making of The Peony Pavilion in Shanghai, New York and Paris (DVD)
    ML336 .C45 2003
    Written by 16th-century Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu, The peony pavilion is a 19-hour epic opera in 57 episodes that tells a story of youth and love literally triumphing over death. This program follows director Chen Shi-Zheng and the Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe in their monumental effort of staging the entire production, an event that had not occurred in nearly four centuries. Despite resistance by the Chinese government and the project's inherent difficulties, the debut at the Lincoln Center was an overwhelming success. Coverage of rehearsals, set construction, and costume preparation is combined with interviews with Chen Shi-Zheng and his musical director Zhou Ming, who place this masterpiece in its historical and cultural context.
  • The Chinese Revolution
    DS740.2 .C556 2003x
    Covers the history of China under communism from the ideals of Sun Yat-sen in the early twenties through Mao's victory and consolidation to the events of Tiananmen in 1989.
  • Sparrow village (VHS)
    LC2312 .S63 2003
    This video follows the struggle for education faced by serveral young girls living in a rural village in southwestern China.
  • Morning sun Ba jiu dian zhong de tai yang (VHS)
    DS778.7 .M675x 2003
    This film attempts in the space of a two-hour documentary film to create an inner history of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (c.1964-1976). It provides a multi-perspective view of a tumultuous period as seen through the eyes--and reflected in the hearts and minds--of members of the high-school generation that was born around the time of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, and that came of age in the 1960s. Others join them in creating in the film's conversation about the period and the psycho-emotional topography of high-Maoist China, as well as the enduring legacy of that period.
  • Hao si bu ru lai huo zhuo: To live is better than to die (DVD)
    RA643.86.C6 T65 2003
    This is a heartbreaking story from Wenlou, a small village in central China, where 60% of the villagers are infected with HIV. There are at least 250,000 people in seven provinces in central China who were infected as a result of a blood donor program in the early nineties. Impoverished peasants sold their blood to clinics that used unsanitary gathering methods.
  • Salt men of Tibet (DVD)
    DS786 .S24 2002
    Documents the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community on a three-month pilgrimage. Observing age-old taboos and steadfast homage to the deities of nature, four men meticulously plan their yak caravan to fetch precious salt from the holy lakes of the Changtang region of northern Tibet.
  • Religions of China (VHS)
    BL1800 .R35 2001
    In this program, Hans Kung seeks to understand the religions of China - officially a religion-free zone during China's period of strict Communist rule - as well as the holistically oriented practices of traditional Chinese medicine and tai chi.
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