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Chinese Culture through Visual Materials

Please scroll down for some fantastic visual materials on Chinese society, culture and history. They are deliberately not curated and are mixed up in terms of chronology and genres so as to induce a sense of wonder and curiosity. Some images are quite large and long so please drag the horizontal bar on your browser to the right to view the entire image. New images are added sporadically.

 

A Maoist-era propaganda poster denouncing Confucius as a feudal reactionary (in the form of manga or lianhuanhua, literally 'serial pictures') [link]

A serial and interactive illustration of the Tang Dynasty Emperor Taizong's journey to hell (in the form of a scroll) [link]

Chinese propaganda posters [link]

Historical photographs of China (collection hosted by University of Bristol) [link]

Historical photographs of China (the Robert Henry Chandless collection hosted at University of Washington) [link]

Political communication and mass education through images in the early PRC (hosted by Center for Research Libraries) [link]

Chinese historical postcards (hosted by the Institute of East Asian Studies in Lyon, France) [link]

MIT Visualizing Cultures (with a rich collection of visual materials on Chinese and Japanese history) [link]

John Thomson's China (old photographs in the Wellcome Collection) [link]

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盛家小姐的日常生活

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Women wearing Qipao rode bikes on streets of Beijing. (1939)

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<i>China: From Earth and Balloon</i>: Reproduction of 272 photographs executed by the engineer officers of the expeditionary force with 42 collotype plates and explanatory captions. Paris: Berger-Levrault &amp; Cie., 1902

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Ping Pong Diplomacy

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Some of the Jiaxu manuscript's pages contain red-inked notes from commentators at the time. Scholars have used the notes to help interpret passages from Dream of the Red Chamber.

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Dunhuang-Manuscripts

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A group photograph of an archery class or society.  Ogden Cigarette Card, circa 1901.

Verso of the previous card.  Source: Digital Collections of the NY Public Library.

Cigarette Card.  Source: Digital Collections of the NY Public Library.

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Black and white photograph of a roadside shrine, Taiwan

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Edifícios arrojados mostram que a "nova Ordos" foi projetada para ser uma metrópole

Kaise's wok sign

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以中国考古学具有国际影响的重大发现及西北大学考古学专业的重大课题进展为主线,选择北京周口店、安阳殷墟、秦始皇陵等为主要内容,基本贯通中国古代历史进程。这些重大发现,可以生动地揭示中国历史的连续发展特点,以及中华文明的特质。宗旨在于促进历史文化遗产保护,传承中华文明,弘扬民族精神。

网曝《盗墓笔记》更名《考古笔记》

“How to swim.”  One in a series of Chinese cigarette cards from the George Arents collection.: Chine Art, Art Cards, Chine Cigarette, Cigarette Cards From, Collection Sum, Chinese Art, Chinese Cigarette, How To, Sports Cards

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古代宫女潜规则:王昭君因不去行贿被远嫁匈奴

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Yi Bingshou (Chinese, 1754–1815). Poetic Couplet, dated 1812

【歷史上的今天】張大千的祭日

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“豪劲”,是晚清以来中国知识分子表达“自强”和 “振兴中华”理想的一种主要文化风格。图为晚清画家任熊的《自画像》(1853年)(《中国巨匠美术周刊》)。

Cover of Liangyou huabao

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A Cantonese beauty holds an open painted fan and stands before a folding screen Guangzhou, Guangdong 手執折扇並站在屏風前的貴婦 廣東廣州   1869-1871年 Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images

MIT Visualizing Cultures

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Chinese Writer Eileen Chang (left) and Japanese actress Yoshiko &ldquo;Shirley&rdquo; Yamaguchi aka Li Hsiang-lan or Shirley Yamaguchi (right), 1943.

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Slipcase and cover from <i>China</i>. Beijing: publisher unknown, 1959

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Ill. 1: Cover of a trading ship certificate of registration of the Zhe[jiang] Customs Office dating from 1795

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Cover of <i>The Chinese</i> by Liu Zheng. Beijing: Dragon Work Chinese Photo, 2000

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Chang Zuolin 1927 18 juni-1928 -2 juni-1928 - Manchuria (Russo-Japanese war 1904-1905)

A Chinese stamp montage postcard, detail

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