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ANN ARBOR, MI, January 24, 2014 - For the first time, researchers will have online access to the digital archive of the South China Morning Post as ProQuest adds the acclaimed daily to its Historical Newspapers collection. The South China Morning Post is renowned for its authoritative and influential reporting on Hong Kong, China and all of Asia. Founded in 1903 by Alfred Cunningham and Tse Tsan-tai, a key figure in the Chinese revolt against the last imperial Qing Dynasty at the turn of the 20th century, the newspaper became a platform for advocating the reform movement in China. It is highly regarded by researchers because of the unique history of Hong Kong as well as the newspaper’s editorial perspective on Imperial Japan and Communist China.
The digitization of the South China Morning Post is part of ProQuest’s continuing commitment to expand researchers’ access to international and 20th century news and information.
"As the needs of researchers evolve, ProQuest is uniquely positioned to provide the content they seek and make it easily accessible," said Chris Cowan, vice president, product management for ProQuest. "Making the archives of the South China Morning Post available online opens a new path to research the history of Asia. This critically acclaimed newspaper contains a very unique perspective in its reporting on 20th century China and Asia which both scholars and students will find useful."
With searchable, full text coverage from South China Morning Post’s origin in 1903 up to and including 1991, users will be able to search the entirety of the newspaper including advertisements, editorials, cartoons, and photographs that illuminate history as much as the news articles. Moreover, by making it cross-searchable with ProQuest Historical Newspapers such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Times of India, Christian Science Monitor and other key international titles, researchers can easily perform comparative historical analysis.
Researchers from a wide variety of disciplines find an exceptionally rich research opportunity with ProQuest Historical Newspapers’ extensive assemblage of the complete runs of acclaimed papers from around the world. Increasingly popular among researchers and faculty is the archive’s growing specialty collections – Chinese historical newspapers, Black historical newspapers, and American Jewish newspapers – that provide insights into the history of unique geographic, cultural, and ethnic populations.
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