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This book is a collection of 600 poems written by a  diplomat (1864-1954)  who lived in China, America, Cuba, Japan and Korea.
This book is a collection of 600 poems written by a diplomat (1864-1954) who lived in China, America, Cuba, Japan and Korea.
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For the past 5 years I have been researching the lives of ancestors who participated in the transformation from Qing dynastic rule to the Republican period, and bore witness to the rise of Communist China. After a year in Guangzhou on a Fulbright fellowship, I returned home to find that I had a literary treasure on my hands. With co-editor Professor Puk Wing Kin at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, we created a team of literary classicists that annotated 600 poems by the professional diplomat Liao Entao (1864-1954). Notably, Entao's brother was a major player in the 1911 Revolution and the anticipated successor to the Republic's first president Sun Yat Sen, but sadly Liao Zhongkai was assassinated in 1925. 

This collection of poems illuminates the historical events of the period and is a valuable contribution to the history of modern China, helping also to reveal the foundations of diplomacy between China and America. 

These poems were originally written in Song Dynasty style and for that reason required annotations to expose its meanings in modern day language. Your participation in our artistic and diplomatic mission is greatly appreciated and will enable the successful completion of our project. 

We will also be creating a website and report the progress of the translations to all our contributors, to whom we will give special access. Historical notes, sample translations of poems, and other information will be available. Gifts of $100+ include a translation of 20-30 poems, but every contributor will have access to the site and when the project is completed, the site with the translations and notes will be made public.

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We have found a publisher but need to cover the publishing fee. We wish to highlight that this was a labor of love - neither of the editors have been financially compensated for our work on this project, which we have performed in the spirit of art and diplomacy, a collaboration between two geographical and historical worlds.

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    You will have special access to our translation site, where we will provide real-time information and a blog on the process, with sample translations. From this level on up, contributors will have site access.

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    We will send you a thank you note marked with the seal of Liao Entao, via email!

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    We will send you an electronic version of a poem, decorated with an official seal by the diplomat Liao Entao.

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    We will send you Volume I of the collection of poetry once it is published, as well as the everything else offered in the reward below $50.

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    We will send you an autographed Volume I of the collection of poetry as well as everything else offered in the rewards below $50.

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    We will send you Vol. I & II of the poetry collection and the other rewards offered for contributions below $50.

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    We will commission a renowned calligrapher to write a poem by Liao and frame it at a museum quality gallery before sending it to you!

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