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Sun Yat-sen University

Tan Chee-Beng is a Distinguished Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, China. He is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted research in Malaysia and China. He has written widely on the food, culture, ethnicity, and identity of Chinese overseas. He co-founded the journals Asian Anthropology and Journal of the Chinese Overseas. His major publications include (as single author) Chinese Overseas: Comparative Cultural Issues (2004) and The Baba of Melaka (1988); as editor, the Routledge Handbook of the Chinese Overseas (2013), Chinese Food and Foodways in...

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Our passion for libraries

Published on 23 Jul 2015

Our passion for libraries
I would not be the person I am without libraries, a lot of libraries. Berkshire Publishing would not exist today, but for the Poplar Bridges Elementary School Library in Bloomington, Minnesota, and the Cupertino Public Library in the heart of the Silicon Valley. When I ran away from home in Cupertino at age 14, I […]


Antitrust investigation of Amazon called for

Published on 17 Jul 2015

Amazon just celebrated its 20th birthday with something called Prime Day. The Authors Guild simultaneously announced a call for a Department of Justice investigation of the company. You may remember my letter last August, “Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?” I wrote: “I suspect that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is alert to […]


What Did Greece Ever Do for Us?

Published on 10 Jul 2015

What Did Greece Ever Do for Us?
When I look at the New York Times and half the headlines are about Greece, I wonder if the world has gone nuts. Then I get a lecture on the European Union and the role of Germany, and international lending and globalization, and social welfare. But, I argue, there are a lot more important places, and […]



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Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography:

Buy Now Kerry Brown, China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney
Hardcover $595 2014 3 Vol. 1744 pages.    Factsheet


About the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography

The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, the first publication of its kind since 1898, is the work of more than one hundred internationally recognized experts from nearly a dozen countries. It has been designed to satisfy the growing thirst of students, researchers, professionals, and general readers for knowledge about China. It makes the entire span of Chinese history manageable by introducing the reader to emperors, politicians, poets, writers, artists, scientists, explorers, and philosophers who have shaped and transformed China over the course of five thousand years. In 135 entries, ranging from 1,000 to 8,000 words and written by some of the world’s leading China scholars, the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography takes the reader from the important (even if possibly mythological) figures of ancient China to Communist leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. The in-depth essays provide rich historical context, and create a compelling narrative that weaves abstract concepts and disparate events into a coherent story. Cross-references between the articles show the connections between times, places, movements, events, and individuals.

The three-volume set includes a range of appendices, including a timeline of key events, a pronunciation guide, a bibliography, lists of rulers and other prominent people, and other supplemental materials for students of Chinese history and culture. Volume Four (which is published separately) focuses on key individuals from the People’s Republic of China’s post-opening era, starting in 1979.

Berkshire Publishing is proud to announce that volumes 1-3 of the Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography are available for purchase online via Oxford University Press in full color. Contact your OUP representative for more information.

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