CFP: Manchu in Global History

CFP: Manchu in Global History

Manchu in Global History: A Research Language for Qing Historians Keynote Lecture: Prof. Mark Elliott (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Department of History, Harvard University) As an ‘ethnic minority’ with origins in the semi-nomadic civilisations of northeast Asia (Manchuria), the Manchus successfully ruled Han-dominated China and extended the territory of the “Great Qing” (1636/1644-1912) far into Inner Asia, including Mongolia, Tibet, and East Turkestan (Xinjiang). Thereby, they created a wide corridor,...

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

MSG hopes that those of you attending AAS in Toronto will join us for our annual meeting. Although this is mostly a meeting where we cover the business of our organization, it’s a wonderful place to connect with other scholars interested in all aspects of Manchu studies. There meeting will be: Saturday March 18, 1-2.30 pm, Huron, 2nd Floor.   See you there!  

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Call for AAS Proposals

Call for AAS Proposals

Planning to Propose a Manchu-Related Panel for the AAS 2016 Annual Conference? Read On! In anticipation of the 2017 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (March 16 – March 19 2017, Toronto, Canada), the Manchu Studies Group (MSG) solicits panel proposals for possible MSG sponsorship. Panels should be focused on some aspect of Manchu studies, broadly conceived. Proposals should include a panel title and abstract, the names of all presenters and the titles of the papers that they plan to deliver, and contact information for the...

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Panels at AAS

Panels at AAS

This year the Manchu Studies Group is sponsoring two panels at the AAS They are: #159: “The Qing Bannermen and Their Everyday Life,” meeting on Friday between 5:15 PM and 7:15 PM in Room 611, which has the following papers: 1.”The Language of Sustenance: Making a Living as a Manchu Tutor in Nineteenth-Century Beijing” Bingyu Zheng, Princeton University 2. “On the Road: Understandings and Experiences of the Road by ManchuBannermen in Qing China” Huiying Chen, University of Illinois at Chicago 3....

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Blog Away!

Blog Away!

Dear gucuse, It’s been a while since our blog has been active, but with a new board (Carla Nappi, President; Max Oidtmann, Secretary; Devin Fitzgerald, (still) Website editor; and Matthew Mosca and Benjamin Levey, (still) Editors of Saksaha), we’re excited to head in new directions. If you’re interested in posting to the blog, please send an email with your proposal to devinfitz AT gmail. Now, you’re probably wondering, what sort of things are good for the blog? Well, with the success of Saksaha, we’d like to...

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The Injustice of the Silk Thread

The Injustice of the Silk Thread

  The Injustice of the Silk Thread[1] Translation by David Porter, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University and Devin Fitzgerald Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University In an inner province of China, a man surnamed Chou and his wife had two sons. After their older son was married, they decided on a betrothal for the younger son with the daughter of a man named Zhou. Soon after, the parents of the girl passed away, and because the girl had no close relatives nearby to take care of her, the Chou family took her in as an adopted...

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Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

Planning to Propose a Manchu-Related Panel for the AAS 2016 Annual Conference? Read On! In anticipation of the 2016 Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (March 31 – April 3 2016, Seattle, WA), the Manchu Studies Group (MSG) solicits panel proposals for possible MSG sponsorship. Panels should be focused on some aspect of Manchu studies, broadly conceived. Proposals should include a panel title and abstract, the names of all presenters and the titles of the papers that they plan to deliver, and contact information for the panel...

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Panels at AAS Chicago

Panels at AAS Chicago

MSG Members and/or Panels of Interest at the 2015 AAS meeting in Chicago This is a list (arranged alphabetically) we have drafted to help those with an interest in Manchu studies locate related panels at AAS. Apologies if we’ve missed anything! Friday, March 27 Pär Cassel, University of Michigan, “The Failure of a Concept: The Use and Abuse of Sovereignty in Chinese History,” Fri, March 27, 3:15 to 5:15pm, Chicago Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Level 2, Superior A.   Devin Fitzgerald, Harvard University, “Revolution Revisited:...

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

The Manchu Studies Group is happy to announce our annual meeting at the 2015 AAS Annual Conference, taking place in Chicago, Illinois, March 26-March 29, 2015. Meeting Location: Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers 301 East North Water Street Chicago, Illinois 60611 Meeting/Event Date: Friday, March 27 Time of function 7:30pm – 9:30pm This meeting is open to the public, and we encourage everyone with interest in Manchu studies to attend. The agenda of this year’s meeting includes: Election of new officers Saksaha MSG-sponsored panel for...

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The New Saksaha

The New Saksaha

This December marked the re-release of Saksaha: A Journal of Manchu Studies. This has been a long time in the making, and we here at MSG are excited by the vision of its editors, Benjamin Levey and Matthew W. Mosca. The first issue marks a new direction for the journal. But rather than writing about it, I invite you to browse the newest issues at http://www.saksaha.org/ The editors are actively seeking contributions, so if you have anything you think would fit, please take a look at the submission guidelines and style sheet...

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Notes from the Archives: The First Historical Archives of China

Notes from the Archives: The First Historical Archives of China

David Porter Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University I spent two months this summer at the First Historical Archives in Beijing. This post is intended to provide a few updates on Macabe Keliher’s superbly informative review of the FHA for Dissertation Reviews and a bit of information about using the archives to look at Manchu documents. Before I get to the practicalities, though, I’d like to encourage readers to take a look at my post (also at MSG), dealing with one of the documents I found in the archives, as an example of the treasures...

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Qianlong the Petty Tyrant

Qianlong the Petty Tyrant

David Porter Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University This post is based on a Manchu language lufu zouzhe (錄副奏摺) that I found in the First Historical Archives in Beijing on a research trip this summer. Readers may also be interested in taking a look at my post (also at MSG) dealing with the practicalities of using the FHA and its Manchu language collections. On the 12th day of the 10th month of the 50th year of the Qianlong Emperor’s reign (that’s November 13, 1785 in the Western calendar), the acting Provincial Judge (按察使) of...

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New issue of Manzokushi kenkyū is out

We have just received the latest issue of Manzokushi kenkyū 『満族史研究』(Volume 12, December 2013).  As many readers will know, the journal began in 1991 as Manzokushi kenkyū tsūshin, and “graduated” from newsletter status in 2001, under founding editor Kusunoki Yoshimichi 楠木賢道.  Now under the editorship of Sugiyama Kiyohiko 杉山清彦 of the University of Tokyo, the journal, published by the Japanese Association for Manchu and Qing Studies (満族史研究会) continues to provide a tremendously valuable assortment...

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Altaic Storytelling

Altaic Storytelling

MSG is lucky enough to receive regular updates from Bruce Humes, author of the blog Altaic Storytelling. He recently sent us a few items of note. First, there is good news about the preservation of Sibe language. The China Xibe Language and Culture Research Center in Ili, Xinjiang, has announced that it will soon begin systematically recording speakers of this Tungusic tongue (锡伯语言数字化). This is part of the national “Chinese Language Audio Database Project” (中国语言资源有声数据库工程) inaugurated in 2008...

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Who were the Manchu mapmakers?

Who were the Manchu mapmakers?

Mario Cams Ph.D. Candidate, KU Leuven When a large project to map the Qing territories was initiated early on during the 18th century, officials of various backgrounds were selected to form teams that would conduct the necessary field surveys. Nearly every team of surveyors included two or three European missionaries, a representative of the Imperial Workshops (Ch zaobanchu 造辦處, Ma weilere arara ba), top personnel of one of the main administrative bodies, a director of the astronomical bureau, and a banner colonel of the imperial guard....

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Two Encounters on the Riverbank

Two Encounters on the Riverbank

By Eric Schluessel Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University Consider the Ili River. Along its southern banks, in what is now Cabcal Sibe Autonomous County in Xinjiang, the Sibe were resettled as garrison soldiers in 1764. One of the first things the settlers did was to tame the Ili River: they built a dam to control and harness its waters. The river was a critical resource for a the displaced peoples of the Ili Valley – not only Sibe, but also Taranchi Turks, Chahar Mongols, and exiled Chinese, among others.   Apart from its hydrological and...

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The Librairie Française and the Manchu books at Capital Library, Beijing

The Librairie Française and the Manchu books at Capital Library, Beijing

Mårten Söderblom Saarela, Ph.D. Candidate, Princeton University As the former imperial capital, Beijing is home to many of the greatest collections of Manchu literature in China. Students of Qing history will all be familiar with the First Historical Archives and the almost-as-inaccessible National Palace Museum Library in the Forbidden City. The reportedly largest collection of Manchu books in Beijing, that of the National Library, will perhaps remain known to us currently in the grad school pipeline only through hearsay, since their...

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The Righteous Elephants

The Righteous Elephants

Donjina by David Porter Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University The author of the story that follows was a Daur man originally from Qiqihar named Donjina. Donjina lived from sometime around 1860 until sometime after the fall of the Qing, as is demonstrated by his mention of the events of 1911 in the preface to the collection of stories from which the following work is taken. Though born in the northeast of the Qing empire, as a young man Donjina was sent to Xinjiang to participate in the suppression of the rebellion of Yakub Beg. Following the end...

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Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Dear friends, The Manchu Studies Group would like you invite you all to participate in our annual meeting at the Association for Asian Studies. This meeting provides an opportunity for us to gather and discuss the direction of MSG, and provides a great forum for the executive committee to listen to your suggestions and comments.   Meeting Location: Philadelphia Downtown Marriott, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 Meeting/Event Date: Friday, March 28, 2014 Room assignment: Meeting Room 411 Time of function: 7:30pm...

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Xinjiang’s Xibe Authors

Xinjiang’s Xibe Authors

Xinjiang’s Xibe Authors: Inspired by “Language of Exile” that has Outlived Manchu Ironically, thanks perhaps to a centuries-old separation from its origins in northeast Asia, the Xibe language (锡伯语)—closely related to Manchu, the language of the Qing Dynasty rulers—remains a living language in modern-day northwest Xinjiang. Most Xibe are concentrated in Qapqal Xibe Autonomous County, descendants of Manchu soldiers first dispatched in 1764 from Shenyang, Liaoning to garrison the frontier. Unlike Manchu, a threatened language...

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MSG Interview: Evelyn Rawski

MSG Interview: Evelyn Rawski

MSG is pleased to have had the opportunity to ask Evelyn Rawski, University Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, a few questions about her career as a historian of Qing China. We hope that you enjoy reading her answers as much as we did! For more information on her many contributions to the field, you can visit her faculty profile here. MSG: Looking at your career, one is immediately struck by the breadth of your interests. You wrote your first two books on economic and social history (AgriculturalChange and the Peasant Economy of South...

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How much decline?

How much decline?

A recent article from PRI entitled “The Manchus ruled China into the 20th century, but their language is nearly extinct” describes the gradual decline of the Manchu language in China. What do you think? Is this article on the mark? Or is there hope for Manchu?

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Not All Khans Are Equal

Not All Khans Are Equal

Greg Afinogenov, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University In the fourth chapter of Sungyun’s famous Emu tanggu orin sakda-i sarkiyan—the Stories of 120 Old Men–which deals with “outer territory” affairs and Russia in particular, we find something odd: What is that strange dot doing to the left of the word han? Sure, an “n” in the initial position, and sometimes in the middle, will have a dot to the left—but this is clearly not the case here. The dot seems to have no discernible grammatical purpose. What’s going on? For an...

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Turco-Manjurica: The Turki Translation of Shunzhi’s Moral Exhortations to the People

Turco-Manjurica: The Turki Translation of Shunzhi’s Moral Exhortations to the People

Eric Schluessel Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University I have just had the pleasure of opening a Turkic-language translation of the Shunzhi emperor’s Moral Exhortations to the People (Ch. Yuzhi quan shan yao yan 御製勸善要言) of 1656. This copy is held in the Staatsbibliothek Berlin’s Hartmann Collection under the call number Zu 8390. The text towards the back of the work indicates that it was commissioned under Governor-General Tao Mo 陶模 (g. 1891-1896). The printing took place in late 1893: the Turkic text dates it to 1311 AH (July...

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Back from Vacation

Back from Vacation

Greetings gucuse! MSG has returned from our summer hiatus.  This autumn will be a period of major development. Back issues of Saksaha will finally arrive on the website and an official announcement about the new journal will be released. We are in the process of lining up our blog posts for the next few months, but the materials we already have promise a year of very exciting posts. Here is a preview of some of our new blog topics: Manchu-Uighur translations Manchu poetry An interview with Evelyn Rawski, University Professor –...

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Illuminating the Shadow Economy of the Banner Garrison: Manchu Language Contracts as Sources for Qing Social History

Illuminating the Shadow Economy of the Banner Garrison: Manchu Language Contracts as Sources for Qing Social History

Illuminating the Shadow Economy of the Banner Garrison: Manchu Language Contracts as Sources for Qing Social History Tristan G. Brown Ph.D. Candidate, Columbia University Though relatively understudied, Manchu-language commercial contracts provide valuable insight into local banner life and Qing economic history. The exact number of extant Manchu language contracts is hard to ascertain, but in both the Capital Museum (首都博物馆) and the library of the Modern History Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences...

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Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation

Now that summer is here, members of the Manchu Studies Group are scattering to the archives (or Rehe) for various research projects. This means that our blog will be on vacation until the beginning of the fall semester. We have a number of posts already lined up for September, and we cannot wait to share some of the exciting materials that have made it into our in-box. Even as the blog takes a hiatus,  big changes will be coming to the Manchu Studies Group website. This summer we will write brief introductions to libraries with digital...

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Webmaster’s Notes: Trends from the Blog

Webmaster’s Notes: Trends from the Blog

Over this past semester, MSG has featured fourteen blog posts by scholars actively using Manchu materials in their work. It is occasionally tempting to dismiss blogs as nothing more than trivia, but putting these independently conceived posts into dialogue reveals interesting trends for the future of Manchu studies. The first thing to note is that Manchu studies has gone transnational. Many of our bloggers have focused their posts on the ways in which Manchu texts and peoples interacted in an increasingly globalized world. Why this...

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Manchu Folklore: Tales Told by a Bewitched Being

Manchu Folklore: Tales Told by a Bewitched Being

Hanung Kim, Harvard University The genre of folklore is a constituent part of Manchu literature, but has attracted less scholarly attention than other types of literature, perhaps because the strong imprint of its oral transmission renders it less accessible than other types of writing.  Still, some work in the genre has drawn the interests of a broader audience.  One example is the Nišan saman-i bithe, which, because it sheds considerable light on the spiritual activities of Inner Asian peoples, has been carefully studied and translated...

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April in Review

April in Review

The end of the semester always makes April pass by too quickly. If you find yourself with any extra time, we hope you can peruse our blog offerings from the past month. We began April with a fascinating post by David Bropy on Nushirvan Yavshef’s journey to the Ili river valley, where he found himself “A Tartar among the Tartars.” His account is full of interesting details about Sibe reading habits and material conditions. Next, Mario Cams brought us across Eurasia to travel with maps produced in Lakcaha jecen de takūraha...

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Thoughts on the Rise and Fall of the Manchu Language

Thoughts on the Rise and Fall of the Manchu Language

Mårten Söderblom Saarela, Princeton University As a friend recently pointed out to me, Manchu translations of Chinese from the Qing period often seem to adhere to a method in which every character in the Chinese should be accounted for by one word in Manchu. (I use “word” here simply in the sense of a string of connected graphs framed by whitespace.) In the case of Chinese idiomatic phrases, this often leads to the Manchu translation being very difficult to understand if read without consulting the original Chinese. As I was...

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MSG Interview: Stephen Wadley

MSG Interview: Stephen Wadley

Now that the last print issue of Saksaha has been released, MSG sat down (virtually) with its former editor, Stephen Wadley, Professor of Chinese at Portland State University, to learn about the history of the journal.  The is the first of many interviews to come, and we are especially thankful to Dr. Wadley for taking the time to thoughtfully respond to our rather eclectic set of questions.   MSG: What made you interested in the study of Manchu? SW: I kind of fell into the study of Manchu.  When I was studying Chinese as an...

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A Hard-won Work

A Hard-won Work

A Hard-won Work: A. O. Ivanovskii’s Manchzhurskaia khrestomatiia Gregory Afinogenov, Harvard University Aleksei Osipovich Ivanovskii’s academic career was not exactly an unqualified success. In1885, at the age of 22, he had just finished his undergraduate thesis when his alma mater—St. Petersburg University’s Oriental Faculty, Russia’s flagship institution for all things Sinological—appointed him to teach its Manchu courses. The venerable I. I. Zakharov, author of one of the finest Manchu grammars, had just died, and nobody else...

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Manchu Books Online: HYL

Manchu Books Online: HYL

As previously announced, the Harvard-Yenching Library is currently digitizing many of the rare books in its Manchu and Mongolian collections. A few interesting books are already available. Of these eleven texts, one highlight is the heavily annotated copy of the 1792 Ilan hacin-i gisun kamcibuha tuwara de ja obuha bithe, otherwise known by its Chinese title, Sanhe bianlan 三合便覽 (A Trilingual Glossary for Convenient Browsing) by Ging-jai (Jing-zhai 敬齋).  The preface, by his son Fugiyūn 富俊, is dated 1780.  The Mongolian...

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The Journey of a Manchu Map

The Journey of a Manchu Map

Mario Cams, KU Leuven The Département des cartes et plans of the French National Archives preserves a Latin version of the map that is included in the Lakcaha jecen de takūraha babe ejehe bithe (‘Book recording the sending of an embassy to remote regions,’ or Yiyulu 異域錄 in Chinese).[1] This book, published in Beijing in 1723, relates Tulišen’s embassy to the Torgut Mongols, living just north of the Caspian Sea at the time, a journey undertaken between 1712 and 1715. Combining personal anecdotes with detailed descriptions of...

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Saksaha Flies East

Saksaha Flies East

The final printed edition of Saksaha: A Review of Manchu Studies  has arrived. With this final issue (No. 11) of Saksaha in print, we here at MSG are excited to inherit the journal’s great legacy.  Benjamin Levey and Matthew Mosca, the new editors of Saksaha, are busy planning for the next issue. MSG would like to thank Stephen Wadley (Associate Professor of Chinese and International Studies, Portland State University) and the other editors at Saksaha for their significant contributions to the field. We sincerely hope that we are...

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A Tatar among the Tartars

A Tatar among the Tartars

  David Brophy, Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Centre on China in the World Between 1915 and 1917, the Tatar journalist Nushirvan Yavshef undertook a trip to Xinjiang, or Chinese Turkistan (Chīnī Türkistān) as he usually called it. The first leg took him from Russian-held Semirech’e up the Ili Valley to Ghulja, then to Ürümchi and Turfan. From there he headed south via Kucha to Kashgar, and along the oases of the southern Tarim Basin as far as the remote village of Keriyä. His first reports from this journey were published in the...

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March in Review

March in Review

It was a good month for MSG. In case you missed the news, we had a wonderful inaugural meeting at the Association for Asian Studies in San Diego.  Please visit our earlier post announcing the details. This March we had three wonderful blog posts on MSG. We began the month with Mårten Söderblom Saarela’s exciting investigation into the cost of Manchu dictionaries during the Guangxu period. Mårten is currently writing a dissertation on Manchu dictionaries during the Qing. His post makes us impatient for his final results!  Next,...

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We’re Official

We’re Official

We are proud to announce the official establishment of the Manchu Studies Group! On Thursday March 21, 2013 we held our inaugural meeting in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies annual conference in San Diego, and we are now formally affiliated with the AAS.  At the meeting we voted on bylaws, elected officers, and discussed the future of the organization and of Manchu studies broadly. If you would like to read our bylaws, they can be found here. Minutes from the meeting are available here. We also would like to congratulate...

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“Learning Manchu” through Comedy

“Learning Manchu” through Comedy

Lei Lin, AM Candidate Harvard University Xiangsheng 相聲, commonly referred to as “crosstalk”, is a traditional Chinese comedic performance in the form of a solo monologue (dankou 單口), a dialogue between two comedians (duikou 對口), or a multi-comedian conversation (qunkou 群口). When xiangsheng appeared as a performing act in the Ming dynasty, dankou monologue was the most common form; during the Qing, duikou dialogue surpassed it in popularity, and has since become the form that is most frequently performed.  This is still the...

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Traumatic Arts

Traumatic Arts

The Asia Society is currently featuring a show entitled “The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in Seventeenth-Century China.”  The show features paintings by Ming loyalists produced during the early Qing. “The paintings in this exhibition offer a fascinating glimpse into the private world of these scholar-painters. Deeply affected by the crises of their times, many sought solace in the ancient ideal of withdrawal or reclusion. They retreated either literally or figuratively from serving a court filled with...

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Young Manchus Online

Young Manchus Online

Everyone is aware of the considerable volume of material pertaining to Manchu studies and Manchu culture that is available online, including a number of sites that aim to increase popular interest in Manchu language and history such as Manzu zaixian 满族在线 (Asude bisire Manju), Jixiang Manzu 吉祥满族 (Sain sabingga Manju), Manzu ernü 满族儿女, Manzu wenhuawang 满族文化网, Manzu xin 满族心 (Manju mujilen), and Manzhou wenhua chuanmei 满洲文化传媒.  Recently a group of Beijing high school students, most of them...

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Gun Control, Qing Style

Gun Control, Qing Style

David Porter PhD Candidate Harvard University In February of 2012, Hing Chao, the Hong Kong founder of the Orochen Foundation — an “NGO dedicated to the cultural survival of numerically small ethnic minorities in Northeast China” — published an article on HongKongTatler.com lamenting the disappearance of the practice of archery among the Solon, a Mongol-Tungusic people who actively participated in the empire’s eighteenth century campaigns in Xinjiang.  Chao, who often writes about vanishing cultures and minority...

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February in Review

February in Review

Dear friends and members, This February saw a flurry of activity at MSG. We are happy to report that the blog is expanding rapidly, and our goal is to post one item per week. To do this, we need your help. We are soliciting blog content from friends and users. Content needn’t be academic. The blog is for anything Manchu related that you would like to share with our community. If you have any ideas, please contact us at manchustudiesgroup (at) gmail.com We began our month with “Manchu as a tool language for European...

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The Cost of a Manchu Dictionary in the Guangxu Period

The Cost of a Manchu Dictionary in the Guangxu Period

Mårten Söderblom Saarela, Princeton University Lacking good information on print runs, prices, and distribution channels, it is difficult today to estimate how widely Manchu dictionaries circulated in the Qing (1644–1911) period. Frequent reprints and republications of certain titles indicate that there was considerable demand for Manchu dictionaries at least in some periods and places. During the height of Manchu publishing in the 18th century, the most important printer-publishers of Manchu literature were the Imperial Printing Office at...

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Living and Dying at Peking’s Russian Ecclesiastical Mission

Living and Dying at Peking’s Russian Ecclesiastical Mission

Gregory Afinogenov Ph.D. Candidate Harvard University In the Archive of Orientalists at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts in St. Petersburg, there are two volumes of manuscript exercise books composed by Russian students learning Manchu and Chinese at the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Peking in the 1780s and ‘90s. These are fascinating historical documents. On the one hand, they give us a sense of what studying these languages was like for foreigners, the texts they used, and the pace at which they worked; on the other, they tell us...

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The Manchu-language conquest of Xinjiang

The Manchu-language conquest of Xinjiang

For some time anticipation has been building over the publication of a major collection of Manchu-language documents on Xinjiang, Qingdai Xinjiang Manwen dang’an huibian 《清代新疆满文档案汇编》.  The good news is that this massive collection, drawn from the holdings of the First Historical Archives in Beijing, was published in December 2012, and copies are now beginning to reach US libraries.  The publication of these materials promises to revolutionize the study of Qing Xinjiang. Published by Guangxi Normal University...

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Turco-Manjurica Revisited: a Closer Look at Haenisch 1951

Turco-Manjurica Revisited: a Closer Look at Haenisch 1951

Eric T. Schluessel Ph.D. Candidate Harvard University Historical scholarship on Qing Xinjiang (East or Chinese Turkestan) has experienced something of a florescence in the Anglophone world since the publication of Millward’s 1998 Beyond the Pass, and figures importantly in most accounts of the New Qing History, with Perdue’s China Marches West earning particular attention.  However, despite the NQH priority on Manchu-language sources, advances in Manjuristics have not yet made themselves felt in this specialized field. There are plenty of...

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Manchu Roots

Manchu Roots

On January 30, the LA Times reported on the reemergence of Manchu identities in the PRC. To read the full article visit their website.

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Why the Manchus Matter

Why the Manchus Matter

An excellent interview with Mark Elliott tells readers why the Manchus are so important for understanding Chinese history: “In the particular case of the Qing we can see pretty clearly that they were inspired both by Chinese notions of what the state ought to be, what the rulers ought to do, or what the proper hierarchies and relationships were, but also by ideas that did not come from within China itself – what we think of as China, or what we call China – but from Inner Asian territories, and from previous states that had managed...

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