Chinese Studies


Resources at Reed

Anti-Confucius Poster - Cultural Revolution Poster reinterpreting the life of Confucius. Translation and commentary by Ken Brashier.

Chinese Hell Scrolls - This site is devoted to the exploration and development of a growing collection of Chinese hell scrolls at Reed, including two complete ten-scroll sets as well as many other partial sets and independent scrolls.

Formosa: 19th Century Images - This extensive digital library gathers together a large body of primarily European and American images of the island of Taiwan — called "Formosa" by foreign visitors in the 19th Century — and its various peoples. These textual representations, woodcuts, maps, and linguistic data were originally published in European and North American books and journals during the 19th Century, but are not easily accessible to those interested in the history of Taiwan today. The site also includes a search engine and a timeline database.

Reed College Library Chinese Literature Resource Guide - An online guide to Chinese Literature resources found at the Reed College Library. Contains listings of handbooks, dictionaries, & encyclopedias; biographies and histories; literary criticism and critical theory resources; and journal indices.

China Data Online - An online database maintained by the China Data Center at the University of Michigan. Reed's subscription facilitates access to many of the statistical series collected and published by China's National Statistical Bureau. Data are available at national, provincial and sometimes city or county levels, with time series provided in monthly or annual intervals.

Freeman Summer Research Grants in Chinese Studies – These grants funded summer projects in Chinese studies conducted by faculty student research teams from 2003 through 2007.

Luce Foundation Grants – These grants funded student independent summer research in Chinese studies from 2001 through 2006.

Resources in the Portland Area

Portland Art Museum - The museum's Chinese collection covers the Neolithic to the modern period, with strong representation in ceramics - primarily tomb objects - from the Han (206 B.C.E. - 221 C.E.) and Tang (618-906 C.E.) dynasties. In the last few years, major gifts of Han and pre-Han objects from the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Collection of Early Chinese Art have given new prominence to the Museum's holdings in this area.

Portland Classical Chinese Garden - The idea of constructing an authentic Suzhou-style garden in Portland was born when Portland became sister cities with Suzhou, China in 1988. The non-profit Portland Classical Chinese Garden was completed in September 2000, and Reedies have visited the garden for various classroom excursions since its opening.

Chinese Language and Literature

CEDICT Online Chinese-English Dictionary - This Chinese-English dictionary provides a searchable interface for the CEDICT dictionary originally put together by Paul Denisowksi. Searches can be conducted by Chinese (using either the GB, Big5, or Unicode encodings), pinyin, or English. Results will show the Chinese word, the pinyin representation of the word, and the English definition. You can also click on the pinyin to hear how it is pronounced. Hosted by

Lin Yutang's Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage - A Chinese-English Dictionary in Traditional Characters provided by The Chinese University of Hong Kong Research Institute for the Humanities. The dictionary database can either be queried in "search mode" or it can be accessed in "browse mode." A radical index, pinyin index, english index, and index of technical and linguistic abbreviations are also provided.

MCLC Resource Center - The Modern Chinese Literature and Culture Resource Center contains, among other things, bibliographies of mostly English-language materials on modern Chinese literature, film, art and culture. The resource is both browsable by topic and has a search engine. It is maintained by Kirk A. Denton at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University.

Other Online Resources

AccessAsia - AccessAsia, the first clearinghouse to track the expertise and current research of specialists on policy-related issues in Asia, was established by The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) in 1990. The project currently tracks over 3,000 leading academic, government, and private-sector specialists on Asia, making it the only resource of its kind. Findings are available at no charge in an online searchable database. The website also contains a well-maintained list of links to research organizations, news, and electronic publications that address Asian policy issues.

Chinese Studies Internet Resources - An extensive annotated list of internet resources at the Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library, University of California, Los Angeles. Organizes web resources into the following categories: Comprehensive, Arts/Language/Literature, Business/Economy, Electronic Journals, Ethnic Studies, History, Library Resources, Medicine, News, Philosophy/Religions, Politics/Government/Law, and Universities/Research Institutions. Also provides lists of online resources specific to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, as well as links to Chinese search engines and web directories.

Embassy of the People's Republic of China - Online site of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America.

Internet Guide for Chinese Studies (IGCS) - The IGCS includes extensive lists of and links to academic institutions, library resources, news media, scholarly journals, and full-text databases related to Chinese studies. It also contains links to various Chinese studies resources arranged by category (i.e. History, Religion, Geography, Economy, Politics, Art, Law, and more.) Part of the World-Wide Web Virtual Library Project and the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library. The IGCS is frequently updated and maintained by the Sinological Institute, Leiden University, Netherlands.

The Library of Congress Country Studies: China - An online searchable overview of China provided by the U.S. Library of Congress, Federal Research Division.