Zhongguo Renming Dacidian

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Zhongguo renming dacidian (《中国人名大辞典》 first published 1921), literally Great Biographical Dictionary of China is the leading biographical dictionary in China, to some extent comparable with Who's Who. The publisher for 70 years is Commercial Press, Shanghai. In English bibliographies it is sometimes referred to by English titles, even though an English version does not exist; sometimes by its Chinese title in pinyin.[1][2]

The original 1921 editors were Fang Baoguan (方宝观), Fang Yi (方毅) and a team of 23 editors. Although the Chinese title is only used by Commercial Press, longer titles including the Commercial Press title have occasionally appeared from other publishers for more specialist works. For example, Zhongguo renming dacidian: xianren dang-zhengjun lingdao renwujuan (Who's Who in China - Current leaders in the Party Government and Military) is published by Beijing Foreign Languages Publishing House.[3]


  1. ^ Cities in Post-Mao China: Recipes for Economic Development 1999 Page 134 Jae Ho Chung, Chae-ho Chŏng - 1999 "For Bi's biographical profile, see Zhongguo renming dacidian, p. 21. .."
  2. ^ 出版工作, 图书评介 1982 Page 74 Zhongguo ren min da xue. Shu bao zi liao she - 1982 "...等编的《中国人名大辞典》最为常用.该辞典编于 1915 至 1920 年,商务印书馆 1921 年初版, 1949 年印至第九版, 1958 年有新印本,最近又重印,此辞典自 1921 年以来,六十年间共印行十余次.这反映了我国人名辞典的编赛工作还比较落后,未能在内容上 ..."
  3. ^ Provincial Strategies of Economic Reform in Post-Mao China Page 442 Peter T. Y. Cheung, Jae Ho Chung, Chae-ho Chŏng - 1998 "One key source concerns dictionaries on "who's who in the People's Republic," examples of which include Zhongguo renwu ... For references on more current leaders, Zhongguo renming dacidian: xianren dang-zhengjun lingdao renwujuan"