The ALA guide to researching modern China

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/15/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — As China has evolved into an economic superpower, interest in its culture and current place in the world has skyrocketed; China Studies are now taught in almost every college or university in the U.S., as well as in many junior high and high schools. Covering modern China, not just Chinese culture from an historical perspective, “The ALA Guide to Researching Modern China,” published by ALA Editions, fills a sizeable gap in the literature. Originating as a Carnegie Whitney Award-winning book project, Yunshan Ye’s research guide goes beyond a mere list of print resources to reflect the predominant role of digital resources in the changing landscape of scholarly research, teaching critical information literacy concepts and skills in the field of China Studies by:

  • sketching in basic facts and figures of Chinese history and culture from antiquity to the present;
  • detailing key English- and Chinese-language resources in literature, government, statistics, art, film, history, philosophy, religion, economics, law, politics and more;
  • offering strategies for finding research sources like articles and dissertations, as well as primary sources such as government documents and archives;
  • including guidance on how to acquire print and electronic resources in Chinese.

Ye is the academic liaison librarian for anthropology, East Asian studies and political science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He is also serving as chair of humanities on the Collection Development Council of the Sheridan Libraries and Museums of Johns Hopkins University and is editor-in-chief of the CALA Occasional Paper Series, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Chinese American Librarian Association (CALA). He has taught national and regional workshops for scholars and librarians on the topic of researching modern China.

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