Firsthand materials unveiled for the first time
Wang Jingwei & Modern China
With these publications, we seek to not only further the understanding of history, but to encourage others to share their ancestors’ material. EIGHT CORNERS PRODUCTIONS helped us accomplish this beautifully.The Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust
MEETING THE CHALLENGE
Partnering with a philologist and other specialists across the globe, we studied, identified and organized the archival material. Footnotes, prefaces and introductory texts were written to complement the material — some dating back to the early 1900s — and appeal to today’s readers. The rest was left to the authors’ own creations which we displayed in entirety, along with full transcriptions.
Aside from deciphering and transcribing thousands of pages of never-seen before handwritten manuscripts, another challenge we faced was the fact that no quality books has been published for the general reader on Wang Jingwei. Market reception was impossible to gauge on the first publication of a vast collection of materials about a controversial, and often vilified, political figure? Would there be a market at all?
Our first decision was to partner with the premier China Times Publishing, Inc (R.O.C.) whose audience reaches far beyond academia. The other decision is to focus on the integrity of the material and market the inherent value of its publication. The result? Here are some responses:
WANG KE-WEN Emeritus Professor of History, St. Michael’s College
The records and works of this one man may shatter our conventional views, leading to a fresh perspective and a deeper understanding of modern China’s political experience.
CHIP TSAO Columnist, Media Personality
For the benefit of the Greater China cultural sphere, the book series is well worth a read.
LI LONGBIAO Historian
Unlike other books which are pieced together with “evidence” from various sources, these books use first-hand material. A must-read for those who study modern history!
EUGENE W. CHIU Former Dean of College of Arts at Tunghai University
This collection of historical archives bears witness to how a true believer of nationalism and pacifism navigated through twists and turns in order to rescue the nation during tumultuous times. It is an indispensable material for understanding Wang Jingwei as well as the characteristics of that period in history.
PROFESSOR CHIU KAY TANG Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Chu Hai College of Higher Education
The series provides precious material for studying Wang Jingwei, including a never-before published draft of an autobiography, private letters, political writings, handwritten poetry manuscripts, details about his life, remembrances of his closest associates, etc. Reading the books allows us to further understand Wang’s life philosophy, emotional life, political thought, poetic accomplishments, furthering our appreciation of his true person.
PROFESSOR CHEN DEN-WU National Taiwan Normal University, Department of History
The greatest significance of this collection is that it allows this historical figure to take his rightful place in history. To have his written works taken seriously, so they can be read and understood enables us to get even closer to history; and to reconstruct the true history.
From the perspective of academic rigor, this series offers twice the value.HSU YUMING Associate Professor of History at National Dong Hwa University
CHAO CHENG-MING Chairman and President of China Times Publishing, Inc.
No matter how young or old one may be, reading Wang Jingwei & Modern China will be both a mind changing and enjoyable experience.
DR. LIANG JIYONG Philologist
Needless to say, this series is of great interest to historians. But even more significant, is that the Wang Jingwei portrayed in the books emerges as not only a politician, but a real-life human with laughter, tears, emotions, interests, and relationships with other people.
With content so rich in archival value, the book is creatively laid out, presented beautifully with texts alongside images…a real collector’s item.DR. WILLIAM WONG Retired head of the East Asian Library Collection at the University of California, Irvine on Wang Jingwei Nanshe Shihua
DR LEUNG WAI-KEI Manager, Department of Publishing, Joint Publishing (Hong Kong) Company Limited
Indispensable for any student of Wang Jingwei!
WONG YU CHEUNG Editor at Yazhou Zhoukan
These six monumental works, with content rarely seen today, are significant to the study of Wang Jingwei. They restore the true Wang Jingwei.
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