The Three Splendid Manuscripts: Over One Hundred Experts Conducted Discussions about Dunhuang, Huizhou, and Qingshui River Documents

2021-09-18

  On October 16, the academic seminar themed with “Summary of the One Hundred Years’ Experience of Organizing and Studying Manuscripts from Dunhuang and Huizhou” and “Qingshui River Manuscripts and the Rural Society in China” was held at Guiyang Confucius Academy. During their two days’ stay, more than one hundred scholars from all over the country gathered together and conducted discussions about the experience of organizing and studying manuscripts from Dunhuang and Huizhou and the relationship between Qingshui River Manuscripts from Guizhou and the rural society in China. The event was organized by the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, Guizhou University, and the Institute of Ancient History of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).

  Manuscripts from Dunhuang, Huizhou, and Qingshui River are folk documents that have significant academic value and far-reaching international influence in the academic history of China in the last one hundred years. Therefore, the event attracted much attention, receiving more than 80 quality papers from nearly 70 renowned universities, research institutions, and periodical offices in Guizhou and other provinces, and engaging experts, scholars, and representatives from over 70 famous universities, research institutions, and periodical offices in Guizhou and other provinces in, including CASS, Tsinghua University, Fudan University, Xiamen University, and Lanzhou University.

  Present at the opening ceremony were Chen Xiangsheng, Member of the Standing Committee of the Party Committee and Vice President of Guizhou University, Suo Xiaoxia, Party Secretary and Director of the Cultural Communication Center of Guiyang Confucius Academy, Zhong Xihui, Director of the Office of Social Sciences of the Publicity Department of CPC Guizhou Provincial Committee, Chen Zuwu, a famous historian and former Director of the Institute of History of CASS, Professor Zhu Yingui from the Department of History of Fudan University, Li Yujie, Vice President of Chinese Sociological Association and former Vice President of Chongqing Normal University, Zheng Binglin, Changjiang Scholar of Ministry of Education and Director of Institute of Dunhuang Studies of Lanzhou University, Zhang Xinmin, Honorary Director of the Academy of Chinese Culture of Guizhou University, Xu Xiaoguang, former Vice President of Guizhou Normal University, and Yang Bin, President of Guizhou Society of History.

  After the opening ceremony, five guests delivered keynote speeches, including Chen Zuwu, Member of CASS and former Director of the Institute of History of CASS, Professor Zhu Yingui from the Department of History of Fudan University, Xu Daobin, Researcher of Research Center of Huizhou Studies of Anhui University, Yang Baoyu, Researcher of the Institute of Ancient History of CASS, and Xu Xiaoguang, former Vice President of Guizhou Normal University. They shared their experience of organizing and studying local documents and manuscripts from Dunhuang, Huizhou, and Qingshui River. Chen Zuwu said that he just knew difficulties in researches of Qingshui River manuscripts before, but after the two-day exchanges, he found it was actually far more challenging than he imagined. Studies on Dunhuang and Huizhou manuscripts were faced with many difficulties. For this reason, the seminar deserved more warm cheers and accolades.

  In group discussions, participants shared their insights into and discussed topics of “the definition, scope, and significance of Qingshui River Studies,” “Rescue of Chinese Huizhou Manuscripts,” “The Role of Traditional Miao Culture in Qingshui River Basin in Maintaining Forest Ecosystems,” and “Building of Yumenguan and Yangguan Great Wall of Dunhuang County in the Western Han Dynasty”.