Manuscript of Chinese Writer Eileen Chang Received as Piece of Cultural Heritage

March 13, 2015
By Sun YunEditor: Kathy Cao
Manuscript of Chinese Writer Eileen Chang Received as Piece of Cultural Heritage

The earliest telephone directory in Shanghai [Xinmin Evening News]

Since the Shanghai Municipal Archives began collecting cultural-heritage documents from the public on December 5, 2014, individuals, enterprises and public institutions contributed nearly 40 documents. Among them, Eileen Chang's manuscript from the film "Long Live the Mistress" was also included.

Eileen Chang is one of the most influential contemporary female writers in China, noted for her fiction writings that deal with the tensions between men and women in love. The film "Long Live the Mistress" was shown in 1947 and was based on Chang's novel, describing the vicissitudes of people's daily lives.

Other documents included the first telephone directory in China, the 80-page manuscript of Liang Sicheng's masterpiece "Sculptural History of China," and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Minister of Transportation Sheng Hsuan-Huai's personal record, which is believe to be the first personal record in China.

Experts will evaluate the documents and select some as city-level documents of cultural heritage, some of which then are expected to be declared to the national level after further assessment.

Manuscript of Chinese Writer Eileen Chang Received as Piece of Cultural Heritage

Record of "March of the Volunteers," published in 1935 by EMI [Xinmin Wanbao]

(Source: Xinmin Evening News/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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