North China Daily News Online
Advisor: Professor Peter O’Connor, Musashino University, Japan
Published, except for a wartime break 1941-45, from 1864 to 1950, the North China Daily News (in Chinese: Zilin Xibao), was the most influential foreign daily in East Asia. It constitutes the key source for the history of Western interests in China for most of China’s so-called ‘century of national humiliation’, ca.1839-1949, and of the transnational history of East Asia.
The North China Daily News printed about 70% more news than the weekly North China Herald, supplemented with detailed dispatches from the Outports, and around 40 per cent more textual content and 70 per cent more pictorial and advertising content. But the North China Daily News was far more than an expanded version of the North China Herald.
Besides tracking key news developments and commercial news in China and throughout East Asia, the social life of the foreign settlements is richly illustrated, with copious classified ads and Personal and Wanted Notices. The Wednesday Book Pages and the Cinema and entertainment pages are here in full. The Monday and Thursday Woman’s Page is a trove of contemporary fashion and family life. The photographs constitute a virtual Who’s Who of the settler communities. The full-colour illustrated North China Sunday News Magazines show foreign China at its leisure. The Correspondence pages print the often heated concerns of the Daily’s estimated 20,000 repeat readers.
Published here in full colour 300 ppi scans from original issues and grayscale, this collection offers a greatly expanded run of the Daily edition from 1869-1949, extensive and unique holdings of the Sunday Magazine and Special Supplements, a significant collection of the Municipal Gazette, organ of the Shanghai Municipal Council from 1908-1940, and a rich selection of rare books and pamphlets from the imprint of the North China Daily News and its parent, the North-China Herald.
Finally, for aficionados of “Sapajou”, legendary cartoonist of this legendary newspaper, this collection offers a complete run of the topical cartoons published during his tenure as lead cartoonist at the “Old Lady of the Bund”, 1923-1941.
Waseda University, British Library, and Private Collection