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Open Access: Chinese Iconography Thesaurus

The Chinese Iconography Thesaurus (CIT) is freely accessible and brings together sinology, art history and information studies to create the first alternative classification scheme, especially designed for the Chinese visual culture, with a complementary image archive. Traditionally iconography has been used to index and access images of European art. Because of the lack of alternative models, the contents of non-Western art objects have long been catalogued according to Eurocentric classifications. To fill this gap, a research group led by Hongxing Zhang, Senior Curator of Chinese collections at the V&A London, created the CIT.

The CIT website is built and hosted by Brill. The database can be consulted in both Chinese and English and is regularly updated; Currently, it contains 10,000 terms extracted primarily from pre-1900 sources and 2700 images of objects from the V&A, the MET, and the NPM Taipei.
This collection of original essays explores the rise of popular print media in China as it relates to the quest for modernity in the global metropolis of Shanghai from 1926 to 1945. It does this by offering the first extended look at the phenomenal influence of the Liangyou pictorial, The Young Companion, arguably the most exciting monthly periodical ever published in China. Special emphasis is placed on the profound social and cultural impact of this glittering publication at a pivotal time in China.

The essays explore the dynamic concept of "kaleidoscopic modernity" and offer individual case studies on the rise of "art" photography, the appeals of slick patent medicines, the resilience of female artists, the allure of aviation celebrities, the feistiness of women athletes, representations of modern masculinity, efforts to regulate the female body and female sexuality, and innovative research that locates the stunning impact of Liangyou in the broader context of related cultural developments in Tokyo and Seoul.

Contributors include: Paul W. Ricketts, Timothy J. Shea, Emily Baum, Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, Jun Lei, Amy O'Keefe, Hongjian Wang, Ha Yoon Jung, Lesley W. Ma, Tongyun Yin, and Wang Chuchu.
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945
In: Liangyou, Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945