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Agreement between IISH and Guangxi Normal University
On the 20th of October Professor Liang Hong, president of the Guangxi Normal University and IISH director Henk Wals signed a...
Command on a piece of cloth/ Election for Record of the Year 2016
How the Chinese Communist Party moved to Canton by means of a Dutchman. Please vote for this archive record as Record of the Year...
Chung Hwa Hui, Chinese Students in the Netherlands
In spring 2015 the IISH received the minutes book of the board of Chung Hwa Hui, an association of Chinese students from the...
China Historical Data at the IISH
Our aimFor a long time now, there has been a real lack of historical data on the economy and society of China. Recently, some...
Lecture by Sjoukje van der Meulen
"The Role of Labour in Post-Cultural Revolution Chinese Art"
Modern Chinese Banking
The first modern Chinese bank, the Imperial Bank of China (IBC), opened for business in Shanghai on 27 May 1897. Its birth was...
Mexicanidad
Strong anti-foreigner sentiment emerged during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) with its notion of national pride, 'Mexicanidad...
Lin Zhao
Lin Zhao was executed by a firing squad on this day in 1968 for 'insanely attacking, cursing, and slandering our great Chinese...
From China to Israel
China and Israel officially established political relations on 24 January 1992. The first contract on labour export from China to...
Rural Revolution
Peasants played no role in the revolutionary plans of the Chinese Communist Party until March 1927, when Mao Zedong published his...
May Fourth Movement
The peaks of Communist influence in the pre-communist Chinese workers' movement occurred  in the course of nationalist protests...
China Labor Watch
According to a report dated 8 August 2012, investigators of China Labor Watch, a New York-based NGO, 'were stunned by the results...
Warmth of the Motherland
After the independence of Indonesia, the government adopted a number of policies to restrict the business and trading of Chinese...
Mass Emigration from China
The steamship Great Republic was launched on 8 November 1866. The first passenger liner between San Francisco and Hong Kong could...
Chinese-Canadian Day of Shame
Thousands of young men from China arrived in the 1880s to work on the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Government of...
Ukaze on a Rag
The Communist International (Comintern) in Moscow issued the order that the Chinese Communist Party should move from Shanghai to...
Pa Chin translates Kropotkin
One of China's most famous writers, Li Pei Kan (Li Peigan, 1904-2005), took the name of Pa Chin (Ba Jin), honoring his important...
Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Since 13 May 1989, students demonstrating for democratic reforms had occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The government warned...
Killing a model soldier
After the death of model soldier Lei Feng, Chairman Mao called upon the nation to "learn from Lei Feng." There are many myths...
Battery Operated Smile
The cult around the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping didn’t start until after his gradual retirement in 1989. Deng disliked the...
Gang of Four under Fire
In the beginning of the 70s China was in transition. The old leaders, Mao and Zhou Enlai, were ill. A group around Mao's second...
Example of a Chinese "cash" coin: Wuzhu coin
 Wuzhu coins were first issued in 118 BCE, and were eventually declared obsolete in 621 CE. The inscription consists of two...
"Cash coins" originate from third-century BCE China
Two porters below and ten cash coins above, suggesting monetary payment for merchandise and its transportation, as shown on a...
Paying with Coins at a Sichuan Market Place in Han-China
 Three pairs of buyers and sellers on a market place, situated near a town gate (the building to the right with a drum pending in...
Tiananmen Square 1989
The Chinese people's movement started as a demonstration by Beijing University students in April 1989, and in seven weeks grew...
Little Red Books
Although tens of millions of this publication were distributed in China and its contents had to be known by heart, the name of '...
No Deal in Hong Kong
Kong Yee Sai Mau! [Say No to WTO] was one of the battle cries of the anti-global protesters who gathered in Hong Kong to protest...
The Chairman Smiles
The former Soviet Union, Cuba, and China: three countries where posters played an important political role and received a large...
Books as Objects of Veneration
Books as Objects of Veneration, Subjects of DestructionExpositie georganiseerd door het Sinologisch Instituut van de Universiteit...
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