Briefing April 22 (Wed.)

Good morning, historians of East Asia!

Today I want to offer you a simple writing tip that will make your writing accessible in one (maybe two) easy step(s): add dates for dynasties, time periods, people you mention.

Why? Even a rough date, for instance “When the Tale of Genji was written in the early eleventh century,..” will immediately help your reader to navigate time and space a bit better. Additionally, it may help you, too, by clarifying the timeline, and you may see connections, continuities and logical inconsistencies more easily. A sloppy timeline may end up alleging a person, text or event had an influence on something that actually happened earlier. You can’t bend time in history!

Yellow chalk water drop-shaped entity with lots of rays and a smile.
Sidewalk art on Livingston St., Allentown. This looks very similar to my depiction of a microbe when I was 5, so I wonder if it’s a happy coronavirus?


HST107:(anytime before midnight) Project Bite 6: First full draft of the final project on Pressbooks. Check the video tutorials how to edit and how to add media.

HST259: Zoom session 11.30am (pink header link on Canvas Homepage): Editorial meeting for the textbook! Let’s discuss the sequence of the chapters, and I can talk you through the basics of Pressbooks.

HST267: (anytime before midnight) Peer feedback! Please check on the course page for this week to find two blogs to provide feedback with in the group.

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