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The Organization of Publishing in China

  • Gayle Feldman
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The publishing world, like everything else in China at the moment, manifests both signs of change and resistance to change. Some publishers are cautiously hopeful about the current reforms, others feel change is not happening fast enough, and yet others do not ally themselves with reform at all but would prefer to have more stringent controls. This field note will attempt, therefore, to offer a portrait of how Chinese publishing is organized at the moment with areas of likely change, as well as highlighting the relations between Chinese publishing establishments and their counterparts in the west.

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1. China Daily, 10 October 1985.

2. Chengsi, Zheng, “The future Chinese copyright system and its context,” The International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law (Weinheim: Verlag Chemie), Vol. 15 (No. 2) pp. 144–48 .

3. Copyright, April 1983.

5. The Publishers Association of China, Book Publishing in The People's Republic of China (Beijing, 1984), p. 2 . Also from author interview with personnel of the Shanghai Publishing Bureau, 4 August 1984.

6. The Publishers Association of China, Book Publishing, p. 5.

7. China Daily, 8 February 1985, and ibid. 7 April 1986.

8. From author interview with personnel of the Shanghai Publishing Bureau, 4 August 1984.

9. Bellaigue, Eric de, The Business of Books (London: Hutchinson, 1984) and The Publishers Association .

10. The Publishers Association of China, Book Publishing pp. 6–7.

11. China Daily, 14 May 1985.

12. Ibid. 8 February 1985.

13. Ibid. 31 October 1984.

14. Ibid. 12 October 1985.

15. Ibid. 11 February 1985.

16. Ibid. 28 October 1985.

17. Ibid.; also 10 May 1985.

18. Ibid. 28 October 1985.

19. Ibid. 10 May 1985.

20. Ibid. 17 May 1985.

21. Ibid. 15 January 1985.

22. Ibid. 16 April 1985.

23. The Publishers Association of China, Book Publishing, pp. 7–8.

24. China Daily, 2 February 1985.

25. Ibid. 10 October 1985.

26. Ibid. 7 March 1985.

27. Ibid. 16 April 1985.

28. Ibid. 1 August 1985.

29. Ibid. 10 October 1985.

30. From author interviews with Philip Baker, Law Department, School of Oriental and African Studies, 20 May 1985 and with personnel of the Commercial Press, 11 February 1985.

31. China Daily, 16 August 1984.

32. China Daily, 11 October 1984.

33. Zheng Chengsi, loc. cit. Also from an unpublished speech by W. Bradford Wiley at the China Institute in America, New York, 19 March 1985.

34. Ibid.

35. Ibid.

36. From author interview with Philip Baker. 20 May 1985.

37. Zheng Chengsi. loc. cit. Also W. Bradford Wiley, loc. cit.

38. From an author interview with personnel of the People's Literature Publishing House, Beijing. 29 November 1984.

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