Report on Conference of Southern China: Lingnan Lineages and Literati
A conference on the genealogy and cul ture of Southern China was held on the campus of Brigham Young University on August 13-15, 1996, jointly sponsored by Brigham Young University (Deptartment of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and the David M. Kennedy Center) and the Utah Genealogical Society. Nine papers were read in Mandarin, including the following:
Also in attendance were Prof. Lam Mong Ling of Feng Chia University and sons, Liu Jianhong (Mrs. Huang Xunba), Mrs. Lee Li-shin and children, Mrs. Edward Peng, and Dr. Loren Singh (Chan), for mer Associate Professor of History at San Jose State University and author of Sagebrush Statesman: Tasker L. Oddie of Nevada (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1973). Professor Guan Lin, President of South China Normal Teachers University, Guangzhou, was forced to cancel at the last minute due to administrative duties. Dr. Dana Bourgerie introduced the Cantonese Language Association, passed out copies of the newsletter, and recruited several new overseas members.
- Lin Tien-wai, University of Hong Kong,
"Historical Minorities of Guangdong"
- Huang Xunba, Director of the Local Chronicles Institute of
"Boat People of Guangdong" Hou
- Yuexiang, Deputy Director of the Local Chronicles Institute of
"Clan Halls and Paired Couplets (duilian) on Clan Halls of the Hakka" Zhen
Chairman of Guangzhou Municipal Local Chronicles Office,
"The Surname Zhen (Cantonese Yan)"
- Tsang Yat-man, Feng Chia University,
"Hu Mianting of Sanshui, Guangdong and his Work in Penghu, Taiwan" Lee
- Te-chao, Chinese
"Poets and Poetic Families of Guangdong"
- David B. Honey, BYU,
"Bibliographical Notes on Editions of Xi'anji"
- Lee Li-shin, Tung-hai University,
"The Poetic Genres Used by Kang Youwei During the Republican Period"
- Zhang Jiemin, Deputy
Director of the Shunde Municipal Local Chronicles Office,
"The Aesthetics of the Heptasyllabic Regulated Verse of Huang Huiwen"
- Edward Peng, U. of
Utah, "Two Tanka Poets in R.O.C."
Even above touring the Great Salt Lake and its environs, the highlight of the con ference was a visit to the Family History Library at the Utah Genealogical Society. Melvin Thatcher gave a presentation on the sources in microfilm on South China, and each delegate had the chance to do a computer search of his or her personal genealogy. Mr. Hou Yuexiang was es pecially fortunate in finding and copying a rare genealogy of the Hou clan. In all, the library includes 910 genealogies, 266 histories, 8 examination records, 248 court records, and 33 biographies from Guangdong province. Other materials on South China in the collection include 1021sources on Fujian, and 392
sources on Guangxi.
Copies of the following books were pre sented by the delegation to the BYU and/or Utah
Genealogical Society li braries:
- Chen Yongzheng, ed. Lingnan wenxueshi. Guangdong: Guangdong gaodeng jiaoyu chubanshe,
- Guangdongsheng difangzhi bianzuan weiyuanhui. Guangdong shengzhi: renkouzhi. Guangdong:
Guangdong renmin chubanshe, 1995.
- Guangzhoushi difangzhi pianzuan weiyuanhui bangongshi. Zhongguo chengshizhi xinlun
Guangzhou: Guangzhou renmin chubanshe, 1991.
- Li Te-chao. Shixue xinbian. Taibei: Wunan tushu chuban gongsi, 1995.
- Zhenren (Zhen Bingchang). Xinfangzhi gaishuo. Guangzhou: Guangdong renmin chubanshe,
- Lin Tien-wai. Fangzhixue yu difangshi yanjiu. Taibei: Nantian shuju, 1995.
- Puningshi difangzhi bianzuan weiyuanhui. Puning xianzhi. Guangdong: Guangdong renmin
- Shundeshi difangzhi bangongshi, ed. Shunde xianzhi: Qing Xianfeng, Minguo hedingben.
Guangdong: Zhongshan daxue chubanshe, 1993.
- Tsang Yat-man. Tangdai Guangzhou zhi neilu jiaotong. Taizhong: Guozhang chubanshe, 1987.
- Tsang Yat-man. Sui-Tang Guangzhou Nanhai shenmiao zhi tansuo. N.p.: Donglu shushi, 1991.
Requests for copies of the papers, includ ing that of Melvin Thatcher, may be ad dressed to David B. Honey in care of the Cantonese Language Association.