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Main result of the project is the development of a database on the xiaobao entertainment newspapers. For this first phase of construction, the database mainly focuses on the xiaobao that specialized on courtesan entertainment, actors and theater, movie stars in motion pictures, and literary productions. It covers the time period from 1890s to the 1930s. Alongside entertainment stars, it will highlight advertisements and information about entertainment businesses in Shanghai, writers, editors and other contributors to this rich and diverse medium.

The database has the purpose of introducing Chinese entertainment newspapers as an important primary source for research on late Qing and Republican period cultural and social history. It is designed to present information about the particular profile of a given entertainment paper, and to highlight the kinds of information that might be found there. In other words, it is not a comprehensive title-author-subject database. It should be regarded as a guide for scholars to find the kinds of information that will allow them to select those xiaobao which might be most pertinent for their research. It is an ongoing project, and for this phase we are only opening a part of the database for external users; hopefully in the near future we will be adding further entries.

For more information about the project and to access the database please go to the projects website at