Letter from the Editor of The Chinese Historical Review

Letter from the Editor of The Chinese Historical Review

The Chinese Historical Review has begun the second year of its partnership with Maney Publishing. The first year of the partnership proved very successful. Worldwide distribution in print and online has brought an unprecedented visibility to the journal. Feedback received from old and new readers confirms that the journal has evolved to a new and more professional level in content and form.

We are please to announce our Spring 2013 issue (Vol. 20, No. 1), published in May, a special symposium on “Christianity and China,” featuring four original research papers by both established and emerging scholars that address various aspects of Christianity and its ramifications in early modern and modern Chinese history. We are particularly grateful to Prof. Xi Lian for his profound intellectual insights and impeccable organizational skills. We do hope CHUS members enjoy this symposium. In case your hard copy has not reached you yet, here are the highlights:

Symposium on Christianity and China (CHR, May 2013)
“Introduction: A New Journey in the Study of Christianity in China,” by Xi Lian
“Reflections on Protestantism and Modern China: Problems of Periodization,” by Daniel H. Bays
“Chinese Christian Virgins and Catholic Communities of Women in Northeast China,” by Ji Li
“The Church as a Protector: Anti-Christian Cases and Resource Conflicts in Post-Boxer Chaozhou,” by Joseph Tse-Hei Lee
“‘Wants Learn Cut, Finish People’: American Missionary Medical Education for Chinese Women and Cultural Imperialism in the Missionary Enterprise, 1890s-1920,” by Connie Shemo
“Cultural Christians” and the Search for Civil Society in Contemporary China, by Xi Lian

The issue also includes Alan Baumler’s interview with R. Keith Schoppa, a highly-regarded China specialist and a prolific author on China. In “From Texas to Zhejiang: The Intellectual Journey of a China Scholar,” Prof. Schoppa generously shares how he became a China historian and how he envisioned and produced his impressive body of scholarship.

Our Fall 2013 issue (Vol. 20, No. 2), scheduled to appear in print in October, will bring out another symposium, this time, on “Family in Chinese History.” This symposium was organized by Prof. Cong Ellen Zhang of the University of Virginia, with the advice and consultation of Prof. Ping Yao, a member of CHR editorial board. The four original research articles in the symposium examine issues of family in various periods of Chinese history. Again, this is a new frontier that we try to take a leading role to explore, very much like we did with the Christianity symposium and the frontier symposium (which was organized by Prof. Patrick Fuliang Shan and published in 2012).

As readers might realize, CHR’s recent and upcoming symposia have been organized by CHUS members. We reiterate this point not just to show our appreciation to our fellow members – Profs. Patrick Fuliang Shan, Xi Lian, and Cong Ellen Zhang – but to stress that constant and enthusiastic support of members is vital to the success of the journal. As always, we welcome ideas, suggestions, and critiques from the CHUS community about how we can improve the journal. We want to extend our invitations once again to all CHUS members to submit your best original research results to the journal. We will get them peerreviewed, edited, and published.

Xi Wang
Editor, CHR