Chinese & Japanese

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Lots of free online resources to help improve your Mandarin.


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This resource collects sources from nine archives to give an incredible insight into the changes in China between 1793 and 1980, including the birth and early years of the People’s Republic. You will find a wide variety of primary source material detailing China’s interaction with the West from Macartney’s first Embassy to China in 1793, through to the Nixon/Heath visits to China in 1972-74. It provides multiple perspectives – from politicians, diplomats, missionaries, business people and tourists – and documents many key events.

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The complete online reference to China and Chinese-related websites.


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Find out about festivals, food, tea, traditions and much more.


Internet resources relevant for Chinese studies, with special emphasis on social and political discourse (provided by the Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany)


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The six parts of this collection make available all British Foreign Office files dealing with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan between 1919 and 1980 but our access covers 1930-1948. The revolution which overthrew the millennia-old imperial system heralded a period of turmoil in China which would last for the best part of forty years. Encapsulated by the rivalry between the Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek and the Communist Mao Zedong, the turmoil of warlordism, competing governments, civil wars and Japanese invasion ended only when the Communist Party emerged as masters of a reunified China in 1949. Throughout most of this period the major European powers, the United States and Japan maintained considerable political and economic interests in China, most notably in the foreign concessions in Shanghai and other ‘treaty ports’. Due to the long-unique nature of the relationship between Britain and China, these formerly restricted British government documents, consisting of diplomatic dispatches, letters, newspaper cuttings, maps, reports of court cases, biographies of leading personalities, summaries of events and diverse other materials, provide unprecedented levels of detail into one of the most turbulent centuries of Chinese history.

Please note that we have only been able to buy 2 parts: Part 2 = 1930-1937: The Long March, civil war in China and the Manchurian Crisis. Part 3 = 1938-1948: Open Door, Japanese war and the seeds of communist victory.

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The official government site.


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A large collection of sites relevant to Chinese Studies, hosted by the Sinological Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands and supported by the University of Heidelberg, Germany.


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Etymologies of over 4000 Chinese characters to help students understand and remember characters. Links to other Chinese language resources are included.

 

Your Subject Team

 Anne Worden

Faculty Librarian

email Anne.Worden@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3243

 Sharon Bittner

Assistant Faculty Librarian

email sharon.bittner@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3234