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Here you will find addresses of websites that provide you with an array of responsibly reported information about China. The sites include daily news reports, articles on social issues in this rapidly changing country, and human-interest stories. They also include information about history, culture, food, festivities and more. These sites are a sampling of what is available. They are selected to represent different points of view and perspectives. Some are from Chinese government departments, others from U.S. magazines and organizations. Sites for the history and traditions of Chinese Americans are included.

Enjoy, and if you have comments or find other interesting sites, please let Nancy Pine know at These resources will be changed and up-dated periodically. They are English-language sites.

Asia Society 
Has many resources for China and the rest of Asia—social issues, women artists and musicians, food, and much more. One section is for teachers, young adults, and children, including lesson plans. One upper elementary/middle school lesson plan, “The Concept of Justice in Chinese Society,” uses a village council’s decision about a murder as a point of discussion for the students. Other plans include Angel Island, Chinatowns, mapping timelines, etc. The Asia Society is an international organization dedicated to strengthening relationships among the peoples of Asia and the United States.

Chinese-American Museum
The Chinese-American Museum of Los Angeles has an extensive website that includes many types of resources including downloadable explanations of the Lantern Festival and lesson plans. The site includes some photos, and links to many other Chinese-American Museum websites, from New York to Seattle.

China Daily Newspaper
The site of the Chinese government daily, English language newspaper. A well-run, informative site. Articles run the gamut from daily news to human interest, providing a large variety of information on all parts of Chinese life as well as the Chinese international perspective. The site includes many photos and some slide shows. The culture section links to which has extensive information on many types of culture from explaining Chinese chess to examination systems to music and philosophy.

China Today Magazine
China Today provides many articles and photos on topics from the economy, to current social issues such as obesity and environmental concerns, to food and culture. Available in 8 languages. Good introductory articles. All monthly issues available back through 2001. Currently the site includes a history of the magazine, which has been published since the early days of the People’s Republic of China.

Business Week Asia
Business Week’s site of up-to-the-minute news from Asia. Useful search engine within the site gives you archived articles on topics.

Shanghart Gallery
Shanghart is an avant-garde gallery that began in Shanghai about 10 years ago. Its website features the current artists exhibiting with them. The “Overview” page includes a catalogue of all the art they have had available, and each thumbnail enlarges many times. The site gives you an view into rapidly changing China.

Los Angeles Area
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles hosts this Web site. This link provides information about Chinese businesses in Southern California. The site also promotes general information about Chinese business resources; it promotes Chinese culture and informs the public about cultural events in the City of Los Angeles.
The Chinatown Los Angeles web link provides information about Chinese cultural events, shopping and dinning areas, and Chinese resources available in Chinatown and surrounding areas.
The Chinese American Museum houses various exhibitions throughout the year. Some of the ongoing exhibits include, A Moment in Your Family History, Origins: The Birth and Rise of Chinese American Communities in Los Angeles, Journeys, and Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop. As the exhibit titles suggest, these exhibitions will enlighten the audience about local cultural history.
The Chinese Historical Society of Southern California hosts the above web link. The Chinese Historical Society was established in 1975. Museum administrators at The Chinese Historical Society are interested in the research and preservation of history and to promote the rich heritage of Chinese and Chinese American community locally and nationally.
The Los Angeles Chinese Cultural Center is located in the Hollywood area. The staff offers Chinese cultural programs to students and parents. The center offers instruction on Mandarin, Chinese art, folk dance, and martial arts.
Devotees and staff at the Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple are interested in promoting Chinese culture and Buddhism. The venerable Master Hsing Yun welcomes all Buddhist traditions and stresses the teachings of the Buddha for those who are interested in Buddhism. The Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple is one of the largest temples in the North American continent. The temple administrators welcome the opportunity to perform guided tours for a small donation. All visitors are welcome.
The Confucius Institute at UCLA is an organization that promotes the teaching of Chinese language and culture throughout California. This is a good resource for current teachers and students interested in teaching the Chinese language as a fully credentialed teacher in California.
The Internet Movie Database is a web resource that contains information about all movies past and present. A person who is interested in Chinese films can benefit from the list of Chinese films provided on the web link above.

San Diego
San Diego Chinese Historical Museum
San Diego Chinese Center
Chinese Club of San Diego