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LETTER FROM THE CHIEF EDITOR
qiān li zhī xíng shi yú zú xià
A journey of a thousand li begins where your feet stand
Happy Chinese New Year of the Rat 鼠 ( or Mouse, as some would prefer, LOL ) to all here at the forum.
May the coming year be auspicious, full of health, wealth, and happiness.
I was recently approached by General Zhaoyun offering me the position as Chief Editor, in charge of a new branch of the China History Forum. He has created an Editorial forum, and its main function is to publish the CHF Newsletter. We will now be a bimonthly publication. This will hopefully allow members more time to write articles to submit and make it less hectic for both my wonderful staff and myself in finding time to devote to bringing you a superior newsletter.
It is my pleasure to be given a chance to breathe life back into the CHF newsletter. My goal is to make the newsletter informative and entertaining.
The old CHF newsletter has been inactive for a few months as my predecessors, Publius and Mok, found that they had too many other responsibilities preventing them to continue volunteering their time to the newsletter. They did a wonderful job with the old CHF newsletter and left a good framework of which to work. I would like to thank them both for the time and effort they put in to the CHF newsletter while it was their job. We wish them both well.
You will find most of the old columns as well as many new additions. One of the first changes I am sure you noticed is pictures, starting off with a new title banner designed to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rat as well as the rebirth of the newsletter. The banner was kindly done by Newxia. I hope to see a lot more of her art. I would also like to encourage other artists to submit their art… But more on that later.
Let me first introduce myself and my staff. I am Kaiselin, I have only been on the forum for a year. I knew little about Chinese history when I joined, but I was impressed with the level of posts, the general feel of academia, and the overall friendliness of the members. I am just an old lady (but still very young at heart) with too much time on my hands and a strong desire for the acquisition of knowledge. I have a love for everything Chinese. In particular, I am interested in Chinese folklore and mythology, but I also have varying degrees of interest in most other aspects of Chinese culture and history. I am learning to read Chinese and enjoy the etymology of the characters. When this position was offered to me, I hesitated at first because I have no experience in running a newsletter. I like a good challenge, and this is so different from anything I have ever done, so I thought I might as well give it a try. I felt it was a way I could give back to the forum for all the pleasure and knowledge it has given me.
I have two editors. Moon has been with this Newsletter for quite a while, doing the culture column. She graciously agreed to assist me as my Editor… ( I had to twist her arm a tiny bit in the beginning, as this was a daunting task and neither one of us really knew what we were going to do.) But in the past month since we started, she has been quite a help in starting up the paper. Her good advice and readiness to tackle the problems we ran into must be remarked on. I would not have been able to do this without her ever friendly and willing assistance. All the while, she has been preparing for the new year celebrations and never complained. This is quite commendable. In future issues, Moon will be editor in charge of the Chinese Culture columns, but, for this rebirth of the CHF newsletter, she has helped with all facets. My sincere thanks go out to her.
After three hard weeks of work, our ideas started to blossom, but we still needed more help.
Fireball had already submitted two articles and had been helping me on the side, so she was a natural to ask to be my other editor. From the start, I had instantly thought of asking her to be on my staff, but she had just won the title of Grand Historian Award, and it seemed a shame to make her give it up even before she had a chance to enjoy it. My heartfelt thanks to fireball for being so willing to give up displaying her well deserved honor of the GHA title and replace it with a title of Editor, that requires work to keep. Fireball jumped right in and has really been wonderful, filling in the areas Moon and I did not have the time or expertise to deal with.
At this time we have three columnists:
William O'Chee wrote on the contributions of Chinese Australians who fought in the Australian army in WWI.
Rong Qin Wang and Anita Mui are working on an article each for our next issue which will be coming out in April.
I am very pleased with the staff I have, and as the newsletter grows, I plan on adding more columnists.
There were many applications from many of our new members who answered my want ad. I think this is a wonderful way to get to know the new members. From those who contacted me, you will see some of their contributions in the newsletter.
I want to thank each and every person who has helped me get this newsletter off the ground. Not just the people who sent in the articles but also many friends who offered congratulations, advice, shoulders to cry on, and in one case, condolences. I am attempting to dissolve difficulty as that friend sagely advised.
Since this has been an exciting, but also daunting task to set up within such a short time to be published by the Chinese New Year, you will find some of the columns still under construction. By the April edition, they will hopefully be ready to have articles to move in. I put titles to the empty columns so that hopefully members will be inspired to submit articles to fill the empty spots. If I missed a topic that interests you, please let me know.
THE CHF HAN LIN ACADEMY
On September 9, 2007 General Zhaoyun created the Han Lin Academy of the CHF. Its members are considered to be Scholar Elite in the CHF. The Han Lin Scholars are responsible for setting the CHF Imperial Exam. This exam will require a much higher level of knowledge then the entry level exam. GZ picked the finest minds from our membership to become the Han Lin Scholars. The criteria for becoming a Han Lin Scholar is to have a degree in a field of Chinese history, literature, or other fields relating to China or to be an autodidact with significant enough knowledge to be considered an expert.
CHF Han Lin Academy and Exam Administration Staff:
The Hàn Lín Yuàn, aka Han Lin Academy, 翰林院:
Earlier, I said daunting task when referring to my new position because, as well as reviving the CHF Newsletter, I have also been given the great honor of starting the Han Lin Scholar Journal. This will be published semi-annually. Featuring the articles written by the Han Lin Scholars. In the beginning we will publish this as a special edition attached to the CHF Newsletter. This will allow us to build a strong foundation and have everything in place for the eventual separation into its own Scholastic Journal or Quarterly.
The Han Lin Scholars include 5 staff members and 11 non-staff members. They are as follow:
General Zhaoyun -- Specialisation/Expertise: Chinese culture, Chinese language and literature, Confucianism, Buddhism, Chinese strategy.
Yun -- Specialisation/Expertise: Ancient Chinese history, Chinese military history, Age of Fragmentation, 3 Kingdoms, Chinese ethnicities, religion, philosophy and material culture.
Fcharton -- Specialisation/Expertise: Pre-Qin era, classical Chinese.
Bao Pu -- Specialisation/Expertise: Pre-Han philosophy, religion, language and history, especially early Daoism.
Non_han Nan Ban -- Specialisation/Expertise: History of Chinese science and technology.
Non-Staff Han Lin Scholars:
Snowybeagle -- Specialisation/Expertise: ""Jack of all trades, generalist personified".
Master Ghost Valley -- Specialisation/Expertise: Persuasion, disputation, and rhetorical practice of Kuei Ku Tzu (鬼谷子 Guiguzi -- Master Ghost Valley) & Han Fei Tzu (韓非子).
Kenneth -- Specialisation/Expertise: Ancient weapons. Artifact studies.
Thomas Chen -- Specialisation/Expertise: Chinese swords, ancient Chinese military, Chinese Art of War.
Liang Jieming -- Specialisation/Expertise: Ancient siege weaponry.
Lin Duanwen -- Specialisation/Expertise: Chinese folks and religious culture, Fengshui.
LYY -- Specialisation/Expertise: I-Ching (Yijing 易经).
Qrasy -- Specialisation/Expertise: Chinese linguistics.
Wang Yun -- Specialisation/Expertise: No Information.
Warhead -- Specialisation/Expertise: Chinese history, Chinese military history, Qing dynasty history.
Xng -- Specialisation/Expertise: Chinese linguistics, Buddhism.
This month has been a flurry of conversations about "Understanding the 'Knowledge-based Economy'" of CHF, "How much 'knowledge-income'", as well as discussions on what direction the forum is going towards. There have been many discussions comparing the forum to a university. If the entry level exam is letting us in at a high school or undergraduate level, then Han Lin Scholars are the Grad students and the masters.
CHF CORE VALUES
We are also having discussions about how we rectify the problems of immature and irrelevant and irresponsible posting while still keeping a friendly and welcome environment for all levels of members. In January, General Zhaoyun made an announcement of a set of core values that are to form the basis of all our posts.
These core values are "Friendliness", "Politeness", and "Humbleness".
I want to remind all the members to try and remember these three simple virtues when posting on the forum. Even in the most heated of situations, it should be possible to display these excellent qualities. Even if we are not scholars ourselves, we are amongst them. When visitors come to the forum, we want them to take away an impression of having been in a place of learned and wise masters rather than a bunch of wiseacres. ( A person regarded as being disagreeably egotistical and self-assured. )
ASIAN ANTHROPOLOGY FORUM
General Zhaoyun opened a new Asian Anthropology forum on Jan 19 2008. As being an Anthropologist was one of the things I dreamed of doing when I grew up, I am excited by the addition of this new forum. Please take the time to check it out.
GRAND HISTORIAN AWARD
As well as fireball being the winner of the Grand Historian Award in January, we have another new winner to announce. Since the newsletter was not published in November, I want to wish Boleslaw I a belated congratulations for becoming a Grand Historian. The honor is well deserved. You both wear the title well.
One last item I want to announce. As an artist myself, I want to encourage artwork here on CHF.
While there is a forum dedicated to members' art, the CHF Newsletter is the perfect place to highlight artists. I would like to announce an Art contest. We need banners for the front page and for the 7 other main sections of the newsletter. We also need a banner for the Han Lin Journal. Please submit your art work to me by posting it on my PM. We will be taking all entries until March 21st. We will then post them in the April issue with a poll. The artist with the most votes will win a featured section in the June issue, as well as win the CHF Artist award.
-The style should be a Chinese theme.
-The medium is whatever you want to use, as long as the picture can be posted.
-The banners to stretch across the full width of the page, and not be less than 2 inches in height, and not more than 3 or 4 inches.
- Be sure to leave an area for lettering to be added.
- Any Chinese characters used should be traditional.
- Lettering may be any font or style you wish and should be no smaller than what our lettering is shown in this issue.
Sorry this has to be such a long opening. There was a lot of major news to give you. I hope you enjoy the newsletter and the Han Lin Journal.
You will note that we have set up the newsletter more like a regular thread and posted each section as a new post. I am anxiously awaiting everyone's reaction and encourage you to feel free to add your ideas and complaints after you have read the newsletter at the Dragons Gate Inn :
Mail box for Letters to the Editor, Please post comments, ideas and complaints
I would like to once again thank General Zhaoyun for giving me a chance to repay the forum for all the hours of enjoyment I have received from being a member this past year.
I close as I opened, wishing you all a Happy New Year,
CHF Han Lin Journal
OTHER NEWS FROM AROUND THE FORUM
Compiled by fireball and Moon
1. On 4 Sept., 2007, the organization of forums in CHF was modified in order to make it leaner, easier to navigate. It is also to prevent CHF from looking too big on the outside, which will make many members lost. The modifications are as followed:
(1) Name of "CHF Community Center" changed to "CHF Community Heaven" and moved to "Imperial Capital".
(2) Chinese Entertainment Culture" and "Chinese Food and Beverages" become subforums and moved to "General Chinese Culture".
2. On 16 Sept., 2007, Fcharton has decided to resign from staff duties because he was very busy with his work/career and family duties and is finding less time for CHF.
3. On 18 Sept., 2007, Wang Enlai has been re-instated as the Super Moderator. He once resigned due to personal reasons, but now he has decided to come back to help CHF.
4. On 19 Sept., 2007, this is to inform you that Shaolin has joined the staff moderator team. He will be the moderator for Dragon Gate Inn and the subforum within.
1. On 16 Oct., 2007, we are pleased to inform you that Yarovit has joined the CHF staff team and will be the moderator for our world history forum.
2. On 20 Oct., 2007, we are pleased to announce that bayonet has been promoted to Super Moderator due to his maturity, helpfulness, and diligence.
1. On 4th Dec., 2007, General Zhaoyun reconfigured the top and bottom layout (used for putting the google adsense banner). The google adsense now blends in with the colour of the site. Also, he has added a New "Visitor location" (Clustrmap) at the bottom of the forum. If you're interested in knowing where our visitors come from, you can simply click the visitor location. As you may see, CHF has an average of 3,500 visitors for 3rd December. Our visitors spanned across the world, with majority coming from US, Asia and Europe. There is also a counter of total visitors since June of 2004 at the bottom of every page right above the clustrmap along with the image shack toolbar for everyones convenience.
2. On 17 Dec., 2007, General Zhaoyun have added Nciku search box to the bottom of CHF. nciku is a free Chinese-English and English-Chinese dictionary. You can input either English words or Chinese characters/pinyin into the search box and it will output the translation. It's a good tool for you to use if you encounter any Chinese words or English words that you do not know. Note: nciku stands for "network - vocabulary database" (N = Network, Ciku = 词库 or Vocab database）.
3. On 20th Dec., 2007, Chris Weimer Joined the staff team as the Moderator (together with yarovit) of the World History & Culture subforum.
1. Editorial Team
On 2nd Jan., 2008, the CHF Editorial board is now made an official part of CHF staff and will be in charge of writing for CHF instead of moderating the entire forum. There are 3 post ranks associated with volunteers in the Editorial board:
Chief Editor - Kaiselin
Editor - Moon
Columnists - Rong Qin Qang, William O'Chee, Anita Mui
In addition, 3 novice scholars were promoted to Xiucai Scholars due to their active contribution to CHF, and they are:
Edited by kaiselin, 21 March 2008 - 07:21 AM.