Ex­perts work­ing on old texts feted

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BOOKS LIFE - By MEI JIA

An an­nual prize was re­cently in­sti­tuted by the Song Yun­bin Foun­da­tion for schol­ars and ex­perts who work with an­cient texts.

“It’s a job re­quir­ing at­ten­tion to de­tail. If you are not pas­sion­ate about an­cient texts and an­cient cul­ture, you can’t spend long hours on them. We’re proud to re­ward these peo­ple,” says Ge Zhaoguang, a pro­fes­sor with Fu­dan Univer­sity in Shang­hai and chair of the jury panel.

This year’s win­ners were an­nounced in July by the foun­da­tion, which is man­aged by Zhonghua Book Com­pany, one of the coun­try’s ma­jor pub­lish­ers of an­cient books.

Three books and an editor were picked for the prize, com­pris­ing 100,000 yuan ($14,600) for each win­ner.

“The edit­ing of the three works spanned sev­eral decades and was done by gen­er­a­tions of schol­ars,” says Ge.

The three books are His­tor­i­cal Records (col­lated ver­sion); Relics of Silk Books and Bam­boo Slips in Mawang­dui Han Dy­nasty Tombs; An­no­tated Cor­pora of Du Fu.

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