Bringing the Library Home has a new meaning: The driving force behind net writers who bite

Yah, what doesnt nowadays?
Yah, what doesn’t nowadays?

It all began with a casual browse on the www.chineseguqin.com forums to see if anything is new, and upon a little link surfing, I have stumbled a seemingly harmless and typical Sinology forum: http://bbs.gxsd.com.cn. However, discussion is fairly quiet and mostly consist of thanks from people who upload ENTIRE COMPLETE SCANS of EVERY KIND OF BOOK about China you can possibly think of – with a little digging, I am now downloading the ENTIRE Daoist Canon, the EXTENDED Daoist Canon, and the REVISED Daoist Canon, along with a slew of books by authors in the 19th to 20th century commenting on Daoism, 21 hours of Daoist music, and several videos of related lectures.

Not to mention, for free!
Looking upon the gross amount of free information there is (not to mention that delightful CADAL system that allows anyone to freely access almost ANY Chinese book older than 10 years), it is no surprise that Hanist forums are digging up and spewing out large amounts of essays online!

If there is anything special about Chinese net essays today, is that many of them are on professional and high academic standards, with plenty of proof and citations. It almost makes one wonder: Where does one find the time to search through all these old, string-bound books?

The answer is: They don’t. Digitization of almost EVERY surviving Chinese book before 1911 allows security of it from being lost to damage, as well widespread access to knowledge. If you feel overwhelmed by the immense research, don’t worry, for there are probably others like you researching the same topic. Just type a post in the request section asking more ideas on a subject, and most likely others will give you a good response on what they’re reading. The perfect harmony of man and machine? (As the request section boasts: Power is strong when we have many heads. Ask when you are lacking books)

Often an anti-Hanfu or anti-Hanist passerby would question or attack a Hanist statement they find online, but are usually returned with an rebuttal at least 2 to 3 letter-size pages, chock-full of cross-referenced sources and reasoning. The intertwining of forum activity in the Chinese internet scape is the very basis of the Hanist resurgence, and a display of the very original power of what the Han Chinese were known for – the power of rationality, knowledge, and the people’s ingenuity plus dedication in its propagation.

Therefore, the next time you see a net-based Chinese essay, just because it wasn’t published in some magazine or publication, don’t just dismiss it like yesterday’s tabloid article – these things are painstakingly forged, and should not be taken lightly.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. televisy
    Aug 18, 2011 @ 16:16:38

    Dear torguqin

    Could you please help me with the bbs.gxsd😦
    I never received verification email on qq.com (it is very hard to register and follow up as there is no english interface) – I am trying to download few documents but it is extremly hard. Could you please help me in any way😦

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    • Satsuki Shizuka 五月靜
      Aug 18, 2011 @ 21:47:00

      That may be difficult. From what you’re saying, I suppose you are trying to access their downloads “database” comprised of public (shared) email space or QQ groups upload space. I avoid using QQ myself, but I think there is an English version of the instant messaging system as produced by Tencent. Other than that, I cannot help you in the actual functions of using the forum or its devices. Good luck in your search!

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  2. televisy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 01:58:12

    Thanks Satsuki for the reply.
    I am not speaking about instant messaging system.

    I am talking about the forum

    http://bbs.gxsd.com.cn

    that you have mentioned at the top of your post where you have mentioned that you are downloading books. I am trying to download from there also few documents but…

    To active that forum person must register with email (they are suggesting to use qq.com emails becuase most other email services will not receive VERIFICATION email (probably becuase of chinese letters) – but in my case verification email didn’t arrive even at qq mail so I can’t verificate FORUM account and can’t access the download links😦

    Could you maybe suggest me what email service have you used to register at the FORUM😦

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  3. televisy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 01:59:35

    This is the part of your post that I am refering to:

    “It all began with a casual browse on the http://www.chineseguqin.com forums to see if anything is new, and upon a little link surfing, I have stumbled a seemingly harmless and typical Sinology forum: http://bbs.gxsd.com.cn. However, discussion is fairly quiet and mostly consist of thanks from people who upload ENTIRE COMPLETE SCANS of EVERY KIND OF BOOK about China you can possibly think of – with a little digging, I am now downloading the ENTIRE Daoist Canon, the EXTENDED Daoist Canon, and the REVISED Daoist Canon, along with a slew of books by authors in the 19th to 20th century commenting on Daoism, 21 hours of Daoist music, and several videos of related lectures.”

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  4. televisy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 04:59:13

    Just to report that I was able to sort access to the forum🙂

    I lost few hours and together with Google Translate was able to translate line by line from chinese to english and at the end to even post, upload PDF’s and download.

    Great Forum🙂

    Thanks for the replies and best regards🙂

    Reply

  5. televisy
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 15:13:34

    Hi Satsuki.
    Tnx for the reply.
    The list of books mentioned above in my previous posts is only a quote from your blog here:
    https://torguqin.wordpress.com/2009/02/02/free-books-drive-writers/

    I have quoted that only to give an example of the forum location when I am trying to enter (because that post on your blog was 2 years old).

    I was searching for specific documents (not those books) as they are very rare but I have been able to active account at the end and solve everything.

    Thanks for the additional links – will check that one for sure.

    Best Regards. Keep up the great work.

    Reply

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