Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China

Google Blog: Walk the Great Wall of China. “Today, in collaboration with renowned Great Wall expert Dong Yaohui and curators from Gubei Water Town, Google Arts & Culture presents a new theme page enabling people to visit the Great Wall virtually. ‘Walk the Great Wall of China’ includes an exclusive 360-degree virtual tour of one of the best-preserved sections, 370 images of the Great Wall in total, and 35 stories that dive into fascinating architectural details. It’s a chance for people to experience parts of the Great Wall that might otherwise be hard to access, learn more about its rich history, and understand how it’s being preserved for future generations.”

Korea Times: Hong Kong historians capture horrors of World War II in new website

Korea Times: Hong Kong historians capture horrors of World War II in new website . “Historian Kwong Chi-man wants Hongkongers to remember the horrors of war, and one particularly painful episode from the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941 stands out. Nurses running an orphanage in Fanling in the New Territories were raped and brutalized when Japanese soldiers arrived on December 8 and overran the place.”

South China Morning Post: Virtual Tiananmen Square museum crowdfunded by Hong Kong vigil organiser launches

South China Morning Post: Virtual Tiananmen Square museum crowdfunded by Hong Kong vigil organiser launches. “The online museum offers a timeline of the 1989 student-led pro-democracy movement in Beijing, including the subsequent crackdown and its aftermath. It also provides a list of those killed, injured and forced to go into exile. The website dedicates a chapter to Hong Kong’s role in backing the student movement and later commemorating the crackdown over the past three decades.” The museum is currently in Chinese only, but more languages are expected.

How to Digitise Scrolls: A Step-by-Step Guide from the Lotus Sutra Project (British Library)

British Library: How to Digitise Scrolls: A Step-by-Step Guide from the Lotus Sutra Project. “These scrolls were procured by the British-Hungarian archaeologist Sir Marc Aurel Stein (1862-1943), when he travelled to Dunhuang. He was followed by several other foreign explorers who also took away a large number of manuscripts and other items. By digitising this corpus of texts, we can facilitate access to these historic items and bring them together digitally, after they were scattered around the globe.”

Shine (China): A Silk Road journey from antiquity to today

Shine (China): A Silk Road journey from antiquity to today. “The annual Silk Road Week will run from June 19 to 24 at the China National Silk Museum, offering professionals the opportunity to share their Silk Road stories and the latest research…. On June 18, the museum will launch the Silk Road Online Museum, a digital platform partnering with 40 museums from home and abroad. The digital museum will greatly expand the space for exhibits at the brick-and-mortar museum and build a bridge for sharing collections and hosting online exhibitions.”

China .org: Digitization helps to build online library of historical tomes

China .org: Digitization helps to build online library of historical tomes. “For the 26th World Book and Copyright Day last week, 10 Chinese libraries jointly released the digitized editions of over 1,700 volumes of ancient Chinese books. This is the fourth expansion of the national database of ancient Chinese books since it went online in 2016. The database was launched by the National Center for Preservation and Conservation of Ancient Books, headquartered at the National Library of China in Beijing.”

Shine: Weaving new life into Dunhuang’s ancient artwork

Shine: Weaving new life into Dunhuang’s ancient artwork. “Along with renowned murals, a number of silk paintings and textiles were buried in the grottoes throughout history. These fragile textiles were gradually brought to light in recent decades but required professional restoration. This month, the Dunhuang Academy signed an agreement with the China National Silk Museum, the nation’s largest silk history research organization, to participate in the restoration process and conduct research on unearthed silk antiques.”

Hong Kong Free Press: Activist sets up online archive to highlight ‘political’ editing of Hong Kong school textbooks

Hong Kong Free Press: Activist sets up online archive to highlight ‘political’ editing of Hong Kong school textbooks. “A pro-democracy activist and his newly-founded group Education Breakthrough have set up an online archive dedicated to highlighting what they describe as politically motivated changes to Hong Kong school textbooks aimed at showing China in a better light.”

South China Morning Post: Biggest photo archive of 19th century China needs a new custodian, says US collector who amassed the 20,000-plus images

South China Morning Post: Biggest photo archive of 19th century China needs a new custodian, says US collector who amassed the 20,000-plus images. “A woman wearing jade bracelets, her hair pulled back into a shiny bun, appears to rest a moment against a table…. Another shows a street scene in a narrow alleyway. Figures peer out from behind an array of commercial signs for shops, offering everything from tea, noodles and dim sum to paper products, stone tortoises and floor bricks.”

Xinhua: Digitalization used to bring back Dunhuang’s cultural relics

Xinhua: Digitalization used to bring back Dunhuang’s cultural relics. “Chinese researchers plan to digitalize cultural relics that were taken overseas from the famed Mogao Grottoes more than a century ago. The relics excavated from the Library Cave in Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes will be digitalized, Luo Huaqing, deputy director of the Dunhuang Academy, said at an academic conference on Saturday.”

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China

Boston University Today: BU Spearheads Massive Database of Centuries of Culture-Sharing between the West and China. “The China Historical Christian Database, based at the School of Theology’s Center for Global Christianity & Mission and being built by researchers there and at CAS, gets granular: it will feature maps and other resources showing where Christian churches, schools, hospitals, orphanages, and publishing houses were located in China, how long they operated, and who worked in them.”

KrAsia: [Tuning In] Peter Bol on creating the China Biological Database and the power of digital humanities

New-to-me, from KrAsia: [Tuning In] Peter Bol on creating the China Biological Database and the power of digital humanities . “Professor Bol directs the China Biographical Database project, which is maintained by Harvard University, Academia Sinica, and Peking University. This online relational database currently contains some 350,000 historical figures and is being expanded to include all biographical data in China’s historical records from the last 2,000 years.”

Tohoku University: Digitized Works from Kokichi Kano Collection Now Open to General Public

Tohoku University: Digitized Works from Kokichi Kano Collection Now Open to General Public. “The Kano Collection was brought to Tohoku University through the efforts of Masataro Sawayanagi, the university’s first president and Kano’s close friend. It consists of about 108,000 books, most of which are Japanese and Chinese classics covering a variety of fields such as literature, philosophy, science, art and the military.” 232 works have been digitized and are now available online.