The linked pages have been prepared for use in classes relating to China and may be assigned for direct use on-line if desired. Some are reference materials —maps, charts, &c.— or brief essays. Some are translations, ranging from a few lines to a whole book. All translations have introductions by me. Since Chinese is a common school subject in Anglophone schools today, most of the translations include the Chinese text. Some may be toggled between bilingual and English-only formats.
Unless otherwise indicated, these materials were all written or translated by me and may be freely used by teachers and students without additional permission. Those by others are out of copyright, so far as I know, and may also be freely reused.
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Categories of China-Related Materials
Chinese Stories (Index Page) (Included are about 180 retellings of myths, opera plots, and popular stories in general, always with character lists, sometimes with introductory essays, occasionally with additional translations when there is an relevant locus classicus.)
Origin and Migrations of the Hakkas by Hsieh T'ing-yü (1929) (A summary of theories and evidence bearing on Hakka migrations, re-edited to include Pinyin Romanization and Chinese Characters.)
The Rites Controversy by John Barrow (1804) (A remarkably concise, clear, and sober overview of missionary activity in Imperial China, very slightly re-edited for modern class use. The author was a member of Lord Macartney's party visiting China on behalf of the English king.)
Dynastic China Seen by Foreign Visitors >(These are brief texts I have prepared for web use because they happen to fit in classes I was teaching.)
Late Dynastic Chinese
Jingles & Ditties Twenty-two examples of very brief urchins' jingles and catcalls, exemplifying a type of evidence used in studies of dialectology (also indexed under social structure)
Dàodé Jīng 道德经:The Scripture of the Way & Its Virtue A brief essay about the text with a translation of the first chapters and puzzles to solve for several additional chapters. Linked to it is
Ten Translations of the Dàodé Jīng 道德经 showing the variation in interpretations of Chapter 1.
Daoist Tales From Zhuāngzǐ 庄子 All of chapter 18 and parts of other chapters, including several famous brief Daoist anecdotes —the fish, the cow, the butterfly— arranged for class use. Tr. by DKJ or modified from James Legge. Bilingual.)
The Thief of Chǔ (Huáinán Zǐ 淮南子) A very Daoist story about how to conduct warfare. Tr. by DKJ. Bilingual.)
Romance of Canonizations (Fēng Shén Yǎnyì 封神演义) An abridgement of the Míng-dynasty novel about where Chinese gods came from. About 40 pages, or 4% of the length of the original novel. Heavily edited and augmented from the 1922 work of E.T.C. Werner.)
The Life of the Buddha (Sanskritic Version, Chinese Version)
(Heavily illustrated biography using Chinese or Indian names. The Chinese version uses frames, awkward in some browsers. The updated indian version avoids them.)
A Jataka Tale: Prince Vessantara (Retold, with an introduction. Equivalent to about 5 printed pages. These tales are commonly told across southeast Asia, but are less common in China. The retelling focuses on versions in Burma and Thailand.)