3 Three Manchu Emperors
Excerpts from “Shi Lang’s Memorial on the Capture of Taiwan," 1683
Excerpts from the Analects of Confucius
The Kangxi Emperor’s “The Sacred Edicts,” 1670
“Fan Jin Passes the Juren Examination,” an excerpt from The Scholars by Wu Jingzi, c. 1740
Excerpts from “Yuanchun Visits Her Parents on the Feast of Lanterns,” The Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin, 1792
Excerpts from “A Worthless Son Receives a Fearful Flogging,” The Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin, 1792
“Portrait of the Qianlong Emperor (r.1736-1796) as the Bodhisattva Manjusri”
Photographs of the Forbidden City, Beijing, 2006 – 2007
Map of China during the Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Map of China during the Ming dynasty (1644–1911)
A Brief History of Taiwan
A Brief History of Tibet
Activity 3 Extended Activity
Barmé, Geremie R. The Forbidden City. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.
A history of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, with information about the dynasties and rulers who resided in the palace.
Bosse, Malcolm. The Examination. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994.
This historical novel gives a sense of the civil service examination system and secret societies.
Cao Xueqin. The Story of the Stone. Trans. David Hawkes. Vol. 1. London: Penguin, 1973.
A translation of the famous novel also known as A Dream of Red Mansions.
Site from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts with history and maps of the Chinese dynasties. Includes curator videos.
A video about the architecture and history of the Forbidden City. From Discovery Atlas.
Maps from the Minneapolis Institute of Art showing China’s shifting boundaries across the millennia.
A behind-the-scenes tour of the Forbidden City with “Today Show” host Matt Lauer and historic preservationist Henry Ng.
An interactive website about the Qing dynasty. From the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Columbia University.
The Emperor’s Eye (58 mins; 1990)
This documentary captures the preeminence of the arts in Chinese culture.