New-to-me, from The Bejinger: Time Travel Through Beijing’s Past With This Vast Photographic Archive. “First conceived in 2006, the Historical Photographs of China online archive is the fruit of a large-scale project that collects, researches, digitizes, and publishes historical photographs of China. The images largely come from private collections held outside of mainland China, from families with some historical link to the country, and many photographs having been handed down through the generations. There are thousands and thousands of images in the collection, with some of the earliest going back to the late 19th century, offering a fascinating glimpse into China’s past.”
Yale Daily News: Professor contributes to new Mao China project. “Mundane objects — from cutlery to wall decorations — form an integral part of everyday life, according to assistant history professor Denise Ho, who used this basic principle to co-advise an online exhibit about Mao-era China. The ‘Mao Era in Objects’ project, spearheaded by professor Jen Altehenger from the University of Oxford, compiled information and photographs regarding 24 objects from Mao-era China.” Another article with no URL I can find. The resource is at https://maoeraobjects.ac.uk/ .
Smithsonian Magazine: China’s Art, From Museum Exhibits to Rock Concerts, Moves Online During Coronavirus Outbreak. “In January, the Chinese government issued a letter directing museums to ‘enrich the people’s spiritual and cultural life during the epidemic [with] cloud exhibitions’ that display previously planned gallery programming, reports Caroline Goldstein for artnet News. At that point, two museum openings in China had been postponed, and Hong Kong had closed all public institutions. Now, sites including the Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, the Chongqing Natural History Museum and the National Museum in Beijing have all opted to increase their digital offerings.”
XinhuaNet: China makes headway in promoting archives digitalization. “A total of 25 institutions for digital archive storage were established this year, the National Archives Administration said Monday.”
China Daily: Ancient texts made available online. “Digitized versions of about 7,200 copies of ancient Chinese books went online on Tuesday and can now be accessed for free by the public for pleasure or academic reference, the National Library of China announced.”
University of Wisconsin-Madison: Research looks at how Snapchat filters affect self-image. “While observing heavy use of selfie apps such as Snapchat, graduate student Amy Niu found herself wondering about the effects that virtual makeovers have on college-age females. Apps such as Snapchat and others offer users photographic filters that change their look. In China, where Niu is originally from, apps similar to this are used even more heavily than they are in the United States.”
China Daily: Palace Museum unveils digital products for cultural promotion. “The Palace Museum has unveiled a number of upgraded and newly developed digital products to promote the rich history and culture it represents. In the museum’s upgraded ‘digital cultural relic storage’, a large number of high-resolution images of cultural relics were added to its database, which already contained detailed information on 1.86 million cultural relics from the museum’s collection.”