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IKfROIT The Society for Ch'ing Studies wa3 founded at San Franc Iseo». on April 2i 1965» by a group of scholars meeting together informally during the annual A. A. S. conference. It was decided that the first project of the new Society should be the circulation of & bulletin co be called Ch* ing-shih wen-t ' 1 . The bulletin has two main purposes: one, to present short notes or articles on Ch'ing history sñd society for examination and comment by the bulletin's readers (these articles to be much briefer and more theoretical than those·~,'? be found in established academic journals); two, to serve the thoroughly practical purpose of building up contact between Ch'ing -scholars scattered around the world by publishing their queries on «attera of substance and keeping track of all · the^ scholarly Ch'ing work in progress , to speed research and to avoid duplication of ©/fort » This first cumber of Ch'lng-shih wen-t ' i gives 3oae examples •f the different kinds of things that the bulletin hopes to do. ,raan Chesneaux introduces a new study group on the secret societies VaoX will meet this summer, and asks for information and advice *nd of course for the names of any scholars working in the same field, (A short note is then given to show the sort of odd piece of information that another scholar might be willing to divulge, a random fact that might some day be of help—in compiling a list of leaders* or noting incidence of society activity in Kiangsu. If it's useless or mistranslated 110 harm has beon done.) Ping-ti Ho introduces the problem of building Ch'ing collections and suggests c.;>ree:"it: ¿"at icn or. reproductions of sources; ad ? ico. or. this preble*n. is sought, and the next number of the bulletin will list cheap reproductions presently available, Jonathan Spence risks a fragmen-. of his dissertation on an awkward topic, and John Fairbank throws out some ideas for all comers in the nineteenth century. The format of the bulletin is to remain 'informal; ideas need not be checked and rechecked before offering—one function cf the comments would be to show that there was no idea at all, or else that there was plenty of corroborative evidence unknown to the author—and questicj may be asked in carefree innocence. Comments, complaints, and information are invited on all items in the bulletin. These should be sent to the author, with a carbon to the editor if wider circulation is required. Pieces for inclusion may deal with anything related to the Ch'ing dynasty—apparently original thoughts to be tested, projects in progress, suggestions for research, requests for information. These should be from one to five pe&esî if possible copy should be typed on bond, without page numbars, unfolded, so that it can be spiedi Iy reproduced without retyping. As many Chinase characters as desired may be inserted in any manuscript, if written in a dark non-washable ink» (Those sending copy including characters that needs retyping must submit to the editor's shaky calligraphy«) All Oh? ing scholars receiving this first number of th« bulletin are asked to check with any colleagues or friends who ara engaged in research using Chinese materials on any aspect of the Ch'ing dynasty, and to sena their names to the editor if they h&v* not received a copy. There are obviously many omissions in the list of taose potentially interested which has been compiled. The Ih' ing-r.hlh wen-t ' i is just the iirot project of the Society for Ch'ing Studies. It will act as a clearing-house for all suggestions as to the next projects that the Society might usefully undertake. Those already suggested include informal meetings of Ch'ing scholars living in nearby areas, perhaps in private homes, where work in* progress can be discussed as well as problems of translation (or exegesis) in specific Chinese documents; sponsoring of Ch'ing panels to be presented at the A, A. S.; highlevel seminars to discuss uses and availability of source material; guided conferences at which young Western and Chinese scholars would study together under the direction...


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