When did China start publishing books in English?
Posted October 09, 2018 05:17:50When the Chinese government started publishing books under the title China Publishing House (CPH) in 1950, the first English translation was published in 1958 under the name The New China Book.
It was not until 1970 that a second edition, The New Chinese Book (NCC), was published under the copyright of the CPH.
By the end of the 1970s, Chinese publishers had published almost 2,000 books.
Over the years, Chinese-language books have been translated into over a dozen languages, including English, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Dutch, Chinese, Korean, and Turkish.
Chinese publishers have also produced a number of English translations of works by other Asian authors.
While most Chinese-owned bookstores have been closed in recent years due to economic sanctions, Chinese publications still continue to thrive.
As of June 2018, there were more than 2,500 Chinese-published books published by China’s publishing houses in English.
Some of these books have appeared in more than 150 languages, while others have appeared only in one or two.
The following chart highlights the distribution of Chinese-English books in the world, as well as the number of published books in each country.
Source: Library of Congress.
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