Chinese Women's Magazines from the Late Qing and Early Republican Periods
This database offers unique access to four Chinese women's magazines from the first half of the 20th century. It records comprehensive data (in English as well as Chinese) on the contents these magazines including titles and authors of articles, captions on photographs, and advertisement headings, together with metadata crucial to research on these materials including keywords, genres, and biographical information. It is the first effort to systematically trace authors, editors, and featured individuals appearing in more than one magazine.
The HRA database introduced here is linked to a collaborative project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the German Humboldt Foundation. The project seeks to restore complexity to early-twentieth-century Chinese history by closely examining key organs of the periodical press—a new medium that dominated the contemporary print market and served as one of the prime sites for the dissemination of knowledge and the production of culture. The project’s particular focus is on four seminal women's journals—a key genre of the contemporary print media—published between 1904 and 1937. They include Nüzi shijie (女子世界, Women’s World, 1904-7), Funü shibao (婦女時報, The Women’s Eastern Times, 1911-17), Funü zazhi (婦女雜誌, The Ladies’ Journal, 1915-31), and Linglong (玲瓏, Elegance, 1931-37).
Resource types: Text, Images
Time period: 1904-1937
Languages: Chinese, English
The database is available at http://womag.uni-hd.de.
How can this resource be used in teaching, studying and research?
The database offers access to rich primary sources, providing graphic scans of or links to digitized versions of four influential journals. It also includes comprehensive metadata on the content of the journals — including discursive essays, photographs, advertisements, fiction, and poetry — and on their editors, journalists, and contributors.