MINNEAPOLIS (Feb. 3, 2014) — Important scholarly research on Chinese archaeology and cultural history that, until now, had been published only in Chinese will soon be available to English readers.
In early 2014, Minneapolis-based East View Press will translate into English and publish current issues of the award-winning Chinese journal “Wenwu” as “Chinese Cultural Relics” (ISSN 2330-5150) on a quarterly basis. “Wenwu” has been in publication since the 1950s.
Each issue of “Chinese Cultural Relics” covers current archaeological work being done in China, such as the inscribed bronzes of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties and the Tsinghua Collection of Bamboo Slip manuscripts. Each issue will include the same high quality, detailed photographs and hand-drawn illustrations as the Chinese edition.
“The beautiful photos and illustrations of architectural features and the finds associated with the excavation are amazing,” said Sheila Cummins of the Getty Conservation Institute. “However, for us, it is very helpful to have articles such as ‘Conservations and studies of tombs with murals of Tang Dynasty in Guanzhong Region,’ which focus specifically on conservation.
Close to approximately 9,000 museums and academic institutions in the world currently subscribe to the Chinese publication. Winner of many Chinese publishing awards, “Wenwu” is recognized in Chinese publishing circles as “the scientific journal with most international influence.” With interest in Chinese antiquities growing globally, the English translation, “Chinese Cultural Relics,” will make it possible for non-Chinese readers to learn about China, its archaeological findings and cultural history.
Ancient Chinese bronzes are no longer alien to Western eyes. Fine Chinese bronzes and ceramics, often used in ancestor-worship and ceremonies, command extraordinary prices these days.
Auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s have reported record-breaking prices for Chinese bronzes recently. Bloomberg reported a 3,000-year-old bronze ritual food vessel sold for $12 million in London in October 2013.
In Hong Kong, also in October 2013, a gilt-bronze seated Buddha sold for $30.5 million at Sotheby’s. In March 2013, Christie’s collected $1.26 million for a 5.5-inch bronze vessel from the Shang Dynasty and a circa 1700 8-inch pear-shaped vase with blue underglaze for $3.82 million.
In addition, the Xian terracotta warriors touring museums around the world have certainly raised visibility of China’s rich cultural past and historical artifacts.
“Study of and interest in Chinese archaeology and cultural relics are no longer restricted to specialists and those who can read Chinese,” said Kent D. Lee, East View’s founder and CEO. “With the upcoming publication of ‘Chinese Cultural Relics,’ a treasure trove of vital information in this field will be accessible to everyone interested in learning more about China and its amazing history.”
Xie Nien Lin, East Asian librarian at Dartmouth College, quoted one professor saying, “It [Wenwu] is the oldest and one of the three most important top-tier Chinese journals in the field of Chinese archaeology and antiquities. It contains more research articles than similar journals. The publication of ‘Chinese Cultural Relics’ will allow non-Chinese-speaking scholars to gain access to ‘Wenwu’s’ valuable information.”
East View has a long history of making authoritative journals, books and maps from Eurasia accessible through English translation. “Chinese Cultural Relics” is an extension of this tradition and will be available both in print and online.
Sample article and contents for the premiere issue and additional information can be found at www.eastviewpress.com.
East View Press is the journal and book publishing division of East View Information Services and its related company, East View Geospatial. Its publications are geared toward serving researchers and others interested in major international and public policy issues related to the geographic area of the former Soviet Union and China. Our strongest motivation is to provide information, which helps researchers and analysts in the international and public policy fields.