September 2012 Archives

Current Digest of the Chinese Press Trial Active

From now until October 31, we have free access to the online edition of The Current Digest of the Chinese Press (CDCP). Click here to access.

Each week The Current Digest of the Chinese Press presents a digestible collection of articles from key Chinese newspapers on such topics as politics, international relations, security, economics, business, public health, environment, education, culture and more. Articles in the Current Digest are selected from a wide variety of sources in China, all of which are explicitly targeted on a domestic - not foreign - audience. Each article is carefully translated into English, with great attention given to conveying "the sense and spirit" of the Chinese text.

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Eating Bitterness: Stories from China's Great Urban Migration

Every year over 200 million peasants flock to China's urban centers, providing a profusion of cheap labor that helps fuel the country's staggering economic growth.  Award-winning journalist Michelle Dammon Loyalka discusses these migrant workers in her new book Eating Bitterness: Stories from China's Great Urban Migration. Please find two videos in the following links regarding the author and her new book.

Book discussion

Interview with  Michelle Dammon

Topic: A Word for Women, A World for Women: The Construction of Nujie女界(Women's World) in Early Twentieth Century China

Date and Time: Sept. 28, 3:30 pm

Location: Heller Hall 1210

Presenter: Fang Qin

Professor Qin teaches at Capital Normal University in Beijing, and holds a PhD in history from the University of Minnesota



Edited by Ronald A. Morse   September 2012 

This is the first scholarly book to appear in English in over a decade about the prominent Japanese folklorist Yanagita Kunio (1875-1962). It contains essays by a younger generation of Japan specialists, and is especially focused on Yanagita's mature theories and writings during the 1930s and 1940s. The book also has up-to-date bibliographical material that will be helpful to scholars in a variety of fields: "A Guide to Major Foreign Language Writings on Yanagita Kunio and Yanagita Studies" and "A Guide to Japanese Folklore Centers & Resources".

This e-book can be downloaded for free in several formats from:

Marriage Mobility and Footbinding in Pre-1949 China

Topic: Marriage Mobility and Footbinding in Pre-1949 China 

Presenter: Melissa Brown (Senior Research Associate, MPC)

Time: Friday 9/28 12:15-1:30 pm

Location: Minnesota Population Center Seminar Room (Willey Hall)

Abstract: Customs controlling girls and women for marriage purposesare generally assumed difficult to change, whether due to cultural meaningsabout beauty, sexuality and gender identity or due to economic and demographicself-interest in seeing that one's daughters marry well. Footbinding is such acustom, long assumed to have spread and been maintained by a general pattern ofhypergamous marriage in pre-1949 China. However, unique quantitative data showsthat two-thirds of women living in rural Sichuan, Northern, Central, andSouthwestern China in the early 20th century did not marryhypergamously. Moreover, for most regions, there is no statisticallysignificant difference between the chances of a footbound girl versus anot-bound girl in marrying into a wealthier household, despite a commoncultural belief that footbinding would improve girls' marital prospects. Instead,footbinding was a form of labor control, correlated to commercial handcraftproduction by unmarried daughters. This research is the entry point of broaderresearch using quantitative and qualitative data to examine kin management offemale labor and earnings over four centuries in China.

20th Century Japan Research Award for 2012-2013

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies and McKeldin Library, University of Maryland, invite applications for one $1,500 grant to support research in the library's Prange Collection and East Asia Collection on topics related to the period of the Allied Occupation of Japan and its aftermath, 1945-1960. Holders of the Ph.D. or an equivalent degree are eligible to apply, as are graduate students who have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation.


The competition is open to scholars in all parts of the world and from any discipline, but historical topics are preferred. University of Maryland faculty, staff, and students may not apply. More information can be found at The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies.

The application deadline is November 16, 2012.  The grant must be used by October 31, 2013. Grant funds will be disbursed in the form of reimbursement for travel, lodging, meals, reproductions, and related research expenses. Such costs as computers or software are not eligible. Reimbursement will require submission of receipts for processing by the University.

All applications must be submitted electronically by attachment to with "Twentieth-century Japan Research Awards" in the subject line. Applications must include a curriculum vitae and a two-to three-page description of the research project. Applications from graduate students must be accompanied by a letter from the principal faculty advisor attesting to the significance of the dissertation project and to the student's completion of all other degree requirements.

Materials in the Gordon W. Prange Collection include virtually all Japanese-language newspapers, news agency releases, magazines, pamphlets, and books dating from the period of Allied censorship, 1945-1949, in addition to over 10,000 newspaper photos.  There are also materials published by Chinese and Korean residents, most of which are written in Japanese.  Related collections in English include the personal papers of Charles Kades and Justin Williams.  Office correspondence documenting policies and decisions of the Publications, Pictorial, and Broadcast Division, Civil Censorship Detachment (Civil Intelligence Section), Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Japan, are complementary to official Occupation records housed at the National Archives, College Park.  Japanese newspapers and magazines from the Prange Collection are available for research on microform in the East Asia Collection.  Other Prange materials are made available for research in the Prange Collection reading area after consultation with the Prange Curator or Manager.  The East Asia Collection contains Japanese-language books published during the wartime period, scholarly monographs on Occupied Japan, and a wide variety of reference works.
 A one-page summary of research findings is required at the conclusion of the grant period.

For further information about the collections, consult the following websites: http:/ and 

Twentieth-century Japan Research Awards
Department of History
University of Maryland, College Park MD
The Gordon W. Prange Collection
University of Maryland Libraries, College Park MD

Just in Time Teaching Workshops

The Center for Teaching and Learning offers workshop sessions that address some interesting and useful teaching topics. The detailed information can be found here:


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