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EALC 3900 Kitchen, Studio, Factory: Making in East Asia

Primary Sources: China

Title: Kao Gong Ji: The World’s Oldest Encyclopedia of Technologies 
Authors:Translated by Guan Zengjian and Konrad Herrmann
Publication: Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2020


Title: Ancient Chinese Encyclopedia of Technology: Translation and Annotation of the Kaogong ji (The Artificer's Record) 
Authors: Translated by Jun Wenren
Publication: London: Routledge, 2017


Title: Brush Talks from Dream Brook,
Authors: Shen Kuo, 
translated by Wang Hong
Publication: Reading: Paths International Ltd, 2011


Title: Flowers in the Mirror
Author: Li, Ju-chen, 
translated by Lin Tai-yi
Publication: California: University of California Press, 1965


Title: The Monkey and the Inkpot 
Author: Selections from Carla Nappi

Publication: Harvard University Press, 2009


Title: Chinese Technology in the Seventeenth Century
Authors: Sung Ying-Hsing. T'ien-kung K'ai-wu; 
translated by Sun, E-Tu Zen, Sun, Shiou-Chuan
Publication: University Park: Pennsylvania State University, 1966.


Title: Ben Cao Gang Mu: 16th Century Chinese Encyclopedia of Materia Medica and Natural History
Note: Series of books; most recent is Volume IX, “Fowls, Domestic and Wild Animals, Human Substances”


Title: Compendium of materia medica *Only Book2 is available thru ILL
Author: Li Shizhen

Publication: Beijing: Foreign Languages Press, 2003


Title: Science and Civilisation in China 
Authors: Joseph Needham, et al.

Publication: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1954
Note: Multi-volume work addressing topics as varied as “Vol. III. Mathematics and the Sciences of the Heavens and Earth,” “Vol. IV. Physics and Physical Technology,” “Vol. V. Chemistry and Chemical Technology,” “Vol. VI. Biology and Biological Technology.”


Title: Recipes from the Garden of Contentment: Yuan Mei's Manual of Gastronomy 
Author: Yuan Mei

Note: English and Chinese Edition


Title: A Soup for the Qan: Chinese Dietary Medicine of the Mongol era as Seen in Hu Szu-hui's Yin-shan cheng-yao: Introduction, Translation, Commentary, and Chinese text
Author: Husihui;
 translated by Paul D. Buell and Eugene N. Anderson, with an appendix by Charles Perry
Publication: Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2016


Web Title: Qingshan Zhai: Premodern Chinese Recipes 
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Web Title: Paintings of the traditional porcelain process
Note: Compilation of images related to porcelain manufacture in Qing China, useful for tracking down museums with relevant collections
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Further web info in Chinese:
Note: Illustration for manufacturing and exporting process of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China in 18th century
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Title: Twenty Illustrations of the Manufacture of Porcelain, 1735–43 
Author: Tang Ying

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