CNN - Visions of China Learn about the burial customs, religious practices and rituals of daily life in
ancient Chinese civilizations. See the recently discovered masterpieces in jade, stone, ivory and bronze in a exhibition and companion catalog -- "The Golden
Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from The People's
Republic of China." The exhibition opened at the National Gallery of Art September 19th and runs through January 2, 2000.
National Gallery of Art - Current Exhibitions
(Right -- Part of the Painted marble relief of musicians, Later Liang Dynasty (A.D. 924)
Hebei Provincial Cultural Relics Institute, Shijiazhuang )
TOC: go the the source,
The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology:
Celebrated Discoveries from The People's Republic of China,
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Core Knowledge - Lesson Plans Medieval China: How to Put Some "Tang" in Your Medieval Dynasties. You might ask your advanced students why the concept of "medieval" is used in connection with China.
Out of the East You will need to sign in and register, but it is currently free. Read the featured article -- 'China Chic': From Dragon Robes to Mao Suits
By AMY YEE ( China's influence on fashion) or take a tour of the show (RealAudio and text/graphics)
In Xanadu Jonathan Spence (teaches the history of modern China at Yale) reviews the book OPIUM by Martin Booth. First chapter on line for viewing.
NOVA Online | Mysterious Mummies of China Find out how mummies across the ages came to be preserved. TOC: Mummies Home | Takla Makan Mummies | Mummies 101 (mostly text description of mummies in various cultures and time periods), Digging into Language | Resources | Transcript.
Traditional Chinese Culture in Taiwan(5) Advocates of the "English Only" school might be sent to this page for enlightenment. Viewers of this page are likely to make some association and linkage to their own experience with language and writing and discover that their thinking processes, music , artistic preferences and other cultural attribute are language-related. It is simply part of who/what we are. Perhaps they will gain some sympathy/understanding for the Native American (Immigrant, migrant worker, African/Asian American) children in our schools (past, present and future) who are confronted with (to them) an alien language.
"Chinese calligraphy is like a rare, exotic flower in the history of civilization, and is a unique
gem of Oriental culture. Graphically, it is comparable to painting in its ability to evoke
emotion through a rich variety of form and design. As abstract art, it displays the rhythmic
and harmonious flow of music. And from a practical point of view, it is written language." From the site.
"these pages link Chinese calligraphy
figuratively and literally to other oriental arts. Comparing it to dance, theatre, and even to medicine, these
pages delve into Chinese writing's form, composition, and the origins of its graphic radicals" (Netsurfer review).
NOVA Online | Mysterious Mummies of China (Scheduled launch: January 20). See "...a perfectly preserved 3,000-year-old mummy, and examine the science of mummification and the evolution of modern language."
Center for Chinese Studies Conference site that includes some essays: "The Political Economy of Agrarian Empire and its Modern Legacy" by R. Bin Wong, UC Irvine. and "An Early Ming Perspective on Song-Jin-Yuan Civil Examinations" by Benjamin Elman. More to be published before and after the conference.
Fall of Singapore A personal diary of Victor Neville Bruce of the Japanese attack and fall of Singapore.
The New York Times: Hong Kong "Explore the history of Hong Kong through the pages of The New York
Times, with articles and photos going back to the 1850s." When I visited in late June, historical articles and links were few and difficult to locate. If you are interested in a substantial amount of historical information, visit the PBS">Site.
History of China: Table of Contents Book (chapter) format in text, although many of the chapters include links to maps and charts. Covers the Historical Setting, The Ancient Dynasties and the The Imperial Era.
Brooklyn College Core 9: Chinese Culture Page Course information from Class Handouts to Software.A great course page with links to the Syllabus, a Course Outline, Images, Texts, Class Handouts, Class Projects and more. See the "Museum Exercise" for a template on a student assignment in the course to visit a museum and respond to specific questions. The Image site was especially good and includes a number of maps (The Four Great Old World River Valley Civilizations.) that should be useful for the study of historic China.
Hong Kong Web Site Under the History" link. TOC: Hong Kong -- China's territory since ancient times, Britain's long-standing ambitions for Hong Kong, Britain's dumping of opium in China and Lin Zexu's burning of opium at Humen, Opium War and Treaty of Nanjing, Second Opium War and Treaty of Beijing, Britain's lease of the New Territories.
canons.html Free "Cannons" to battle the high price of texts. Do you teach ancient Chinese history, philosophy, or society?
CHINESE INTERNET DIRECTORY Links to the orgin of Chinese Writing, Chinese Poetry, Art and Calligraphy, Chinese Literature, Poems from Tang Dynasty, Classical Chinese Poetry, hinese literature archive gopher, Chinese Literature archive in Taiwan, Chinese Proverbs, Three Characters Classic (poems with 3 characters).
Chinapages-Culture Links to: Ancient China, Confucius, Lao Zi and Taoism, Sima Qian and the Record of the Great Historian, Buddhism, Tang Poetry, Arts and Crafts, Chinese Acrobatics, Chinese Architecture,
Chinese Medicine, Chinese Traditional Opera, Customs and Festivals, Minority Groups, The 12 Symbolic Animals and Wushu(Gongfu) and Qigong.
- Zen Images - A City of Cathay A joint work painted by five court painters Ch'en Mei, Sun Hu, chin K'un, Tai Hung and Ch'en Chih-tao during the first year of the Ch'ien-lung reign 91736-1795) in the Ch'ing Dynasty.
Fairbank Chinese History Library: Rob Gray A click on one link - the Qing Dynasty, revealed a page with the following table of contents: An Outline History of the Qing Dynasty (from Hong Kong), An Outline History of the Qing Dynasty (from University of Maryland),
List of Qing Dynasty Emperors, Conversion Table for Late Qing Calendar (1860-1892), Conversion Table for Late Qing Calendar (1893-1911), An Extensive Collection of Pictures Related to Chinese History (includes major Qing personalities), Liang Qichao's "Xin Min Shuo",
General Historical Information on All Provinces in China (many files contain substantial historical information from the Qing era), Short History of the Opium War,
(A History of Opium in China, the Opium Wars, and General Information on Opiates,
Map Showing Western Encroachments into China During Qing Dynasty,
Philately During the Qing Dynasty, Commemorative Stamp Collection of Famous Chinese Historical Figures, Stamps of the Qing Dynasty.)
Peabody Essex Museum, Exhibitions Looks at the 17th, 18th and 19th century furnishings created in China with typical household furnishings in room settings similar to those found in South China and the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, and Shaanxi. Each room represents a different region.
Chinese Historical and Cultural Project The lessons on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Abacus, Folktales and Games, Puppetry, Agriculture, Railroad Building and Writing. Main links to: New Beginnings, Immigration, Chinatowns, Survival, New Almaden Mine, Daily Life, Clothing, Bound Feet, Queues, Names, Traditions, Celebrations, Symbolism, Lunar Calendar, Tangrams, Folktakes, Postage Stamps and Lasting Legacy.
CHCP Golden Legacy Curriculum The Chinese Historical and Cultural Project (CHCP) provides lesson plans from GOLDEN LEGACY (Bound Feet, Abacus Lunar Calendar among others).
Museum Consists of a main page with links to three pages on the contents - each
with an image or two from the vast collection of ancient art. For those
interested in information about art, consider another location.
Ontario Museum - T.T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art T. T. Tsui Galleries of Chinese Art Ancient China and Early Empire.
This is a "showcase" museum, and not just for the current exhibits.
Enjoy the educational/fun resources and the well organized interface. Also
listed in the "Non-Western" menu.
Textile Exhibition Heavens' Embroidered Cloths: One Thousand Years of Chinese Textiles. See some outstanding thumbnails.
Searching for China: a WebQuest "Your task in "Searching for China" is to join a team and take on one of the roles listed above. You and your teammates will work together to create a Special Report for the American people (also known as your classmates) that makes sense of the complex country that is China. You might want to read a Guide to Tourists before you embark on your journey."
Six activities created to demonstrate how to integrate the World Wide Web into classroom learning. The new revised site provides more"... scaffolding for student
cognition and more effective use of the Internet.
December 8, 1941 - The Fall of Singapore Covers "The Timeline" (day-to-day events of the Malayan Campaign), "The Textbook" (an account of the war from a textbook on Singapore's history), "The Glossary" (Description of people, places and other relevant topics),
"The Image Archive" (Battle of Malaya), and "The Sound Archive" (Radio broadcasts and excerpts of wartime speeches).
Dollar Pattern Essay exploring the origin of the so-called Dollar Pattern which appears on 19th century Spode china and its possible origins in early Chinese and Japanese images. The author is interested in the "... transmigration of images between the East and the West."
Singapore History In Association with The National Archives of Singapore. Explore: Biographies, Oral History,
Places Of Interest,
WW II Sites,
Then and Now,
Japan Resources Resources for teaching about Japan. An excellent guide. I clicked first on the topic of "Themes" for teaching. The page describes 5 themes that could be used in the classroom for a focus for student research. Each is briefly described and tied to the other themes.
CROSSROADS - A JOURNAL OF NAGASAKI HISTORY AND CULTURE
Sample articles from Issue 1-3: Nagasaki in the Meiji Restoration, Choshu Loyalists and British Arms Merchants by SIDNEY DEVERE BROWN, THE HUMAN DAM by Setoguchi Chie ( primary account of the nuclear attack on the city), SQUARE DANCING AND DEMOCRACY IN OCCUPIED JAPAN by Lane Earns, Reflections from Above: An American Pilot's Perspective on the Mission which Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki also by LANE R. EARNS, and 'Like a Graveyard with Not a Tombstone Standing': U.S. Air Force Photographs of the Nagasaki Atomic Bombing, In the Words of an Atomic Bomb Survivor by BRIAN BURKE-GAFFNEY, and Victor's Justice: Colonel Victor Delnore and the U.S. Occupation of Nagasaki. Issue #4: MOM AND SILVER RICE: BOYHOOD REMINISCENCES OF THE WAR AND
A Pilgrim In Japan
"The route of the eighty-eight temples of Shikoku is the classic Japanese Buddhist pilgrimage. Its 1200 kilometers test the body and spirit and open the mind to an experience of its true nature. For over a thousand years, only Japanese followed this path to the remote places of the Japanese island of Shikoku. In 1992, the noted photographer Don Weiss walked this path. This book records what he experienced in deeply felt words and pictures." Ever think about the grindstone of "covering the material" associated with a unit, course or time period? Give yourself and your students a break with a creative unit on "pilgrimage" (past-present, political, religious, as a form of inner exploration).
Japan Close Up This is a site in Japan that describes various regional traditions in kite construction and decoration.
Japan Infoweb Japanese Culturezine - in English. Students blessed with a graphical browser will enjoy this site with its excellent graphics. Links have a good quantity of information. A click on"art" presented an opening graphic of current art and a brief (2 page) summary of art history in Japan. This has to be one of the better Asian sites with descriptions and gates to other major servers in Japan.
The Inland Sea PBS Web page for the program that "...documents a centuries-old way of life that is rapidly disappearing." If you use themes in your World History classes, try the conflict between tradition and modernity. Since this is a "universal" theme, the problems will not be locating resources and examples, but selecting from the almost unlimited resources.
"The Inland Sea, a landlocked body of water bounded by three of Japan's four major islands, lies west of Tokyo and Osaka. Called the Aegean of the East, the region's sumptuous beauty is the backdrop for a traditional way of life where native islanders have historically remained isolated from each other, and the mainland.
Chado, the way of Tea - Main Table of Contents Japan House at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Undergraduate course in Art and Design 209, "The Tea Ceremony and Zen Aesthetics." The Tea Ceremony is a starter to give students a chance to "...acquire a better understanding of Japanese culture and to open the eyes of students to new ways of thinking and of viewing the world."
WebMuseum: Japanese Art and Architecture Wisconsin mirror for the resources of the Museum. Site links to Japanese Prehistory and Art in the form of: Asuka and Nara, Heian , Kamakura, Muromachi, Momoyama, Art of the Edo Period and Art since 1867.
History of Japan ERAS: Asuka Era : -710, Nara Era : 710-794, Heian Era : 794-1192, Kamakura Era : 1192-1333, Muromachi Era : 1333-1467, Civil War Era and the Azuchi Momoyama Era : 1467-1603, Edo Era : 1603-1867.
Japanese Text Initiative "The Japanese Text Initiative (JTI) intends to put online on the Web texts of classical Japanese literature in Japanese characters...Where possible, the Japanese texts will be accompanied by English translations. All JTI texts will be tagged in Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML), according to Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standards, and converted to HTML for display on the Web."