A new book is available by Dr. Shana Brown

Shana Brown, the modern China specialist in the department, has just published Pastimes: From Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography with University of Hawai’i Press.


Pastimes is the first book in English on Chinese jinshi, or antiquarianism, the pinnacle of traditional connoisseurship of ancient artifacts and inscriptions. Literally the study of inscriptions on bronze vessels and stone steles, jinshi combined calligraphy and painting, the collection of artifacts, and philological and historical research. The history of jinshi offers insights that are relevant to Chinese cultural and intellectual history, art history, and politics. Its combination of art and historiography reveals the full range of scholarly appreciation for the past and its artifacts and provides a unique perspective from which to define modern China and illuminate its indigenous origins.