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Internship of the Ephemera Project, Rice University

Submitted by Curtis A. Dye on September 3, 2014 - 9:01am

We are recruiting 2-3 intern students at University of Washington to assistant our researchers to digitize advertisements of Da Gong Bao from microfilms preserved at UW library. 

Ta Kung Pao (大公报, also as Da Gong Bao), founded by Chinese citizen Ying Lianzhi, in Tianjin in 1902, was a stronghold for Chinese journalists trained at the University of Missouri, School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri. The Tianjin newspaper was one of the earliest and most influential newspapers in North China because, as a commercial newspaper DGB published trade data, information and theoretical writing about economic activities and new profit seeking methods. It even published theoretical work on what a commodity is and how surplus value is generated. 

This digitization project is part of the Ephemera Project, a four-year project directed by Tani Barlow with the generous support of the Luce Foundation, the Chao Center for Asian Studies of Rice University and Rice University. The Ephemera Project pursues to launch the first scholarly project in the nation devoted to collecting, archiving, sharing, and analyzing Asian commercial ephemera.   

Working with our researchers, undergraduate and graduate students will have a chance to access the Chinese advertisement starting in the late 19th century and continuing into the contemporary era and get basic knowledge of digital archive, which has been the most important way of preserving visual objects in the new media age. We also welcome our interns to work with us on image annotation, data analysis and application of GIS to the commercial marketing map in Modern China.

        • Taking training courses provided by project manager and researcher 
        • Assist project manager to find out advertisements requested by project
        • Using the equipment at UW library to convert images from microfilms into digital format
        • Report to project manager about process and problem regularly 
        • Assist researcher to do the case studies related to the project

        • Fluency in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese as well as spoken and written English
        • Good written and verbal communications 
        • Strong information searching skills and basic knowledge of office equipments
        • Proficiency in Macintosh systems and Microsoft Office software applications


$15/hour, 10-20 hours/week, from September 2014 to November 2014. 

Contact information:

Dr. Jing Chen (Project Manager of the Ephemera Project)

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