Tag Archives: China History Forum

Weapons of the Ever Victorious Army

This question was posted on the China History Forum: “The Ever Victorious Army was the Qing army that helped put down the Taiping and Nein Rebellions and It was the first Chinese army which was trained in European tactics. My question is, … Continue reading

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Foreigners awarded official rank in Late Imperial China

From the China History Forum this question: Does anyone know of instances where a foreigner (westerner or an Asian not under imperial authority) was awarded or earned an official rank?   My reply: Frederick Townsend Ward of the Ever Victorious … Continue reading

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Conversations about Translation

An interesting conversation about the nature of Chinese language interpretation, translation, and automated translation has been growing over at the China History Forum, ensuing from my article on the Eight-legged Essay used in old China to test the merit of they … Continue reading

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The Eight-legged Essay

There is a new post I have made at the China History forum, on the obscure topic of the old Eight-legged Essay of the Chinese imperial examination system. Having started on the path of CHF imperial exams (more on which I will … Continue reading

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Reader questions from Yang Shen book readings in April 2012

Yang Shen had two book readings in April 2012, one for the Anza Borrego Desert Paleontology Society, and another at the San Diego County Public Library, both at Borrego Springs, CA. Here are answers to questions those attending brought up at … Continue reading

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