Of Sifting and Scanning

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By Kay Körner, via Wikimedia Commons. (here)

Historians of the People’s Republic working outside of China can draw conveniently on an abundance of digitized Chinese sources nowadays. But how does that influence our research? How do we address the fact that digitalization is the result of a selection process? Especially those edited collections of  documents which were first published in print and then digitized underwent a dual selection: First the documents were selected by the editors, and second, only certain editions were then picked for digitalization.

I therefore highly recommend this article by Sophia Wang and Charles Kraus titled “Deng Xiaoping Sees Khrushchevs” which gives much food for thought.

 

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