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Yale Celebrates China Book Collaboration

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NEW HAVEN — Yale University Press and China International Publishing Group have issued the final book in their series “The Culture and Civilization of China.” The first volume in the series, Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting, was published in 1997, and won the Hawkins Award in the Arts Category from the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers. The latest book, Chinese Skills, was published this August.

Each of the nine volumes in the series is the result of cooperation between Chinese and Western scholars and publishers. The books are published in both English and Chinese. During a ceremony at Yale last month, university President Richard C. Levin acknowledged the contributions of Ambassador Joseph Verner Reed (Yale ’61) to the co-publishing venture. In addition to serving as the driving force for the landmark "Culture and Civilization of China" series, Reed significantly advanced Yale's international interests, giving generously of his time, experience and counsel on countless occasions over the years, according to Levin.

In August, Reed was honored in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing with a Special Chinese Book Award, the nation’s highest literary prize, for his vital contributions to promoting Chinese culture and civilization through the publication of the series. An award was also presented to Levin, who was represented at the ceremony by Yale Professor Tian Xu.