The range of publiciations available in the Confucius Institute library continues to expand in scope and variety with some new additions to the Scotland-China section which focuses on Scots who have lived and worked in China as government officials, soldiers, business people, missionaries and travellers.
The variety of topics include:
* early diplomatic contacts with China, by George Bogle in Tibet around 1780 and John Napier at Hong Kong in 1834
* government officials like James Stewart-Lockhart and Reginald Johnston, who served in Hong Kong and Wei-hai-wei in the late 19th and early 20th century – Johnston was also, of course, tutor to Pu Yi, the last Emperor of China
* merchants and business people, like Jardine Matheson and Co., and the Melrose tea family
* scientists and travellers such as botanists Robert Fortune and George Forrest, photographer John Thomson, doctor Patrick Manson, and journalist Archibald Colquhoun
* missionaries such as John Gilmour in Mongolia, Dugald Christie in Manchuria and Eric Liddell in Shandong
in the opposite direction, Chiang Yee`s classic The Silent Traveller in Edinburgh, recently reprinted by Mercat Press
* some less well known people like John Bell, who reached Beijing overland from Russia in 1721
To borrowing any of the books or DVDs from the Institute library a membership is required. Full details of membership and an application form are available here.
This collection focuses on books that show the links between the two nations. It is held in the Confucius Institute library and will be catalogued in the University of Edinburgh system.