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Introduction to Chinese Popular Culture

Research Sources & Tips







Contexts and Primary Sources

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles and Popular Press

Writing and Citing Sources



I. Background Information

Cultural Context

Chinese Popular Culture

Primary Sources


book coverChina in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know.
Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom.
Bookstacks: DS779.4 .W376 2010


book cover The Cambridge Companion to Modern Chinese Culture
edited by Kam Louie
Bookstacks: DS775.2 .C452424 2008


book coverHistorical Dictionary of the People's Republic of China.
Lawrence R. Sullivan.
Ref. DS777.55 .S835 2007


book coverMainstream Culture Refocused: Television Drama, Society, and the Production of Meaning in Reform-era China.
Zhong Xueping.
Bookstacks: PL2368.T44 Z46 2010


China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity. Sheldon H. Lu. DS779.23 .L82 2001

Chinese Modernity and Global Biopolitics: Studies in Literature and Visual Culture.
Sheldon H. Lu. B831.2 .L82 2007

Globalization and Cultural Trends in China.
Liu Kang. DS775.2 .L564 2004

Popular China: Unofficial Culture in a Globalizing Society. edited by Perry Link, Richard P. Madsen, and Paul G. Pickowicz.
DS727 .P67 2002

Rethinking Chinese Popular Culture: Cannibalizations of the Canon. edited by Carlos Rojas and Eileen Cheng-yin Chow. PL2303 .R45 2009

Postsocialism and Cultural Politics: China in the Last Decade of the Twentieth Century.
Xudong Zhang. Ginn: JQ1516 .Z437 2008


book cover The Search for Modern China: a Documentary Collection
edited by Pei-kai Cheng and Michael Lestz with Jonathan D. Spence.
Bookstacks: DS753.86 .S33 1999


book coverSources of Chinese Tradition / compiled by Wm. Theodore De Bary and Irene Bloom; with the collaboration of Wing-tsit Chan ... [et al.] and contributions by Joseph Adler ... [et al.].
Bookstacks: DS721 .D37 1999


Asian Film Online

    an online streaming video collection of more than 1,000 narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts. The works explore a wide variety of cinematic styles and techniques relevant to the study of film, literature, and the visual and performing arts.



II. Reserves and Books

A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)


1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


Path of Discovery in the Catalog

1. Find a title/author (assigned readings/Course Reserves);

2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.

3. Use that language in further searches


e.g. Click on subject/author in the record to see further results and related topics.



Tang, Xiaobing, 1964-


Chinese Modern: the Heroic and the Quotidian.


Durham [N.C.] : Duke University Press, 2000.


Popular culture -- China.

Chinese literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism.

Postmodernism -- China.


Use the method discussed in the left column, we arrive at more subject browses:


Mass media -- China.


Popular culture -- China.


Postmodernism -- China.


Topic: The broad search on modernity and Chinese films

(advanced keyword search, limiting to books)


Material Type:



Tips: 1. Or and ( ) to search any or all of the words; 2. modern* searches for modern, modernity, etc.


III. Journal Articles and Popular Press

A. Subject Databases

B. Popular Press

C. Finding Full Text

Use the subject databases to find journal articles.

1 & 2. JSTOR and Project Muse

JSTOR is a favorite with its full texts in core journals of all disciplines. Project Muse does not include exactly the same JSTOR journals, but it has more recent and current articles on many topics.


Expand your search into more databases and from various perspectives

3. Academic OneFile
All subjects; a convenient Quick Start. Here are some RSS feeds:


4. Literature (MLA)


5. Film/Television, Mass Media and Women's Studies

Limit Your Results


6. Bibliography of Asian Studies


7. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.

1. Current:

LexisNexis Academic


Factiva (more international coverage)


2. Historical

Boston Globe (1872-1979)


New York Times Online Archive
(1851 - 3 years before current date)


Times Digital Archive  (1785 - 1985)


Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)


Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)


American Periodicals (1740 - 1940)

British Humanities Index (1962- )
British Periodicals (1680s - 1930s)




     Some of the oldest continuously published magazines in America, including American Spectator, Commentary, Commonweal, Dissent, Harpers Magazine, NACLA, The Nation, The National Review, The New Republic, New York Review, and The New Yorker.

1. Click on the findIt@tufts button button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:

a. link to the digital full text when available;

b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;

c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.

2. Search for a journal directly here:

a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.





Find an electronic-journal by title


IV. Writing and Citing

Writing Help

Citing Sources

A Short Guide to Writing about Literature by Sylvan Barnet. Ref: PE1479.C7 B3

Writing about Literature (handout from Writing Center at UNC.)

A Short Guide to Writing about Film by Timothy Corrigan. Ref: PN1995 .C66 2010



Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


Chicago Style Manual


MLA Style Manual