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Civilian Internment in China, 1941-1945

Japanese incursions into China began as early as 1931, shortly after the Mukden (or Manchurian) Incident. The following six years saw several smaller incursions, both military and political. For the Far East and Southeast Asia, the war began with the full-scale Japanese invasion of China in 1937; two years later it would become World War II...

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Passports of the Past: Encoding National Identities

Ours is a society anchored on identity--whether a screenname you use online, a driver's license with your name and physical description, a passport that allows you to come and go in particular countries, or the absence of any of the above. Passports and identification documents in the Old ...

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Corresponding Culture: Bringing American Culture to Shanghai Through Distance Learning

Today you might take a class online and correspond with a teacher and fellow students through an online learning management system like Canvas. Before the Internet, there were a number of ways that students connected with education, including printed correspondence courses sent through the mail. Correspondence courses served as an early form of distance education, and allowed for the flow of ideas and cultural norms...

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Documented Refugee Experiences

Refugees are individuals who are outside the boundaries of their home nations, and are unable to return there safely. Some are forced to leave, while others flee for their own safety. Refugees are most commonly unable to return to their home countries because of persecution based on their race, ethnicity, or religion; because of their political affiliations; or because their home ....

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Summer Vacation

Summer is arriving soon and for many that means taking trips with family and friends, or going to different events that are happening around town, otherwise known as a "stay-cation". In Special Collections and Archives, we have many collections that highlight summer travels and local activities. Some of these include ...

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Old China Hands Archives Update

The Old China Hands Archives is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of new materials, including the Gloria Watson Curtis Kliene Collection, 1927-2008, the Ellwood Lawson Collection, 1945-2013, and the addition of new items to the Sylvia Maehrischel Collection, 1975-2000. These collections strengthen the Old China Hands Archives mission to preserve...

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Wartime Jewish Émigrés

Adolf Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi) gained control of the German state in 1933, after which the systematic and deliberate exclusion of Jews rapidly escalated. In 1933 Hitler called for a ban on Jewish business and the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service banned Jewish people (and some political opponents) from the...

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June Renovation Update

This summer, Special Collections and Archives is beginning a two phase renovation project. We'll be posting monthly updates here about the the project throughout the summer. When both phases are complete, Special Collections and Archives will have a new, environmentally controlled and secure closed stacks area for our rare books, artifacts, and archival collections ....

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The Thomas Hanbury Schools

The Old China Hands Archives holds collections related to the experiences of foreigners living in China prior to 1949. Many Old China Hands lived with their families in China, giving rise to private schools that educated their children. Many Old China Hands who attended the Thomas Hanbury School for Girls and Thomas Hanbury School ....

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