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Library's China Collection Grows

UC Riverside Libraries Celebrate a Gift from China

Chinese Cave Art, Literary Classics, Now Part of UC Riverside Collections

(July 2, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — UC Riverside Libraries will celebrate a valuable gift of books and digital learning materials from China’s Ministry of Education with a luncheon on Tuesday, July 6, that will be attended by top officials from the Chinese consulate.

The Acting Consul-General, Cai Zixian, and Consul for Education Dong Zhixue from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) consulate at Los Angeles will attend the luncheon, along with leaders from the Riverside Chinese American community, campus donors and Chinese American philanthropists from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

The lunch, hosted by University Libraries and co-sponsored by the office of the Vice Chancellor, University Advancement, recognizes the donation of over 400 items to augment the extensive Chinese-related collections in UC Riverside’s libraries. This most recent donation includes books, slides, compact disks, digital video disks and videotapes.
Highlights include:
• The complete set of Chinese cave art (Zhongguo shi ku), 16 volumes.
• A bilingual (Chinese/English) set of Chinese literary classics (Zhongguo da wen ku)
• Sixteen volumes of Chinese Bronze Art (Zhongguo qing tong qi)
• Two sets of literary collection by Chinese contemporary authors.

“These are needed materials that will complement our current teaching and research resources at UCR,” said Dr. Ruth Jackson, University Librarian. “Our students and faculty, and in fact the whole community, will be well-served with nearby access to such valuable resources.”

The libraries welcome gifts of books and other resources that can supplement existing collections: scholarly monographs, medieval manuscripts, local history, science fiction, entomology, early printed books, citrus-related material and dance history.

One of the largest single gifts was from the family of the late Paul Chou, a chemistry professor and food-processing industrialist from Taiwan. In 2002 his family donated one of the most complete private compilations of Chinese literature to be found anywhere in the world. The 1,501-volume collection, titled the Si Ku Quan Shu. They represent the best of 5,000 years of Chinese civilization covering history, astronomy, geography, rules and regulations, politics, economy, society, science and technology and philosophy. More than 360 scholars and experts worked on the compilation for a decade and more than 4,000 calligraphers transcribed the work.

For more information about the gift program, contact the Collection Development Department at (909) 787-3703 or e-mail Francoise Van Horn, the gift coordinator at

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