First Batch of Achievements of Shanghai Celebrity Database Displayed

Since its founding last November, Shanghai Humanism Memorial Research Institute has been devoted to establishing Shanghai Celebrity Database to collect and rescue precious human culture and history data in Shanghai. On Jun. 26, the First “Humanism Memorial and City Spirit” Forum was held in Shanghai Humanism Memorial Museum, where the first batch of achievements of the Database was displayed. Among them, there were over 300,000-charater data on the study of key figures in the history of the CPC such as Chen Duxiu, Yu Xiusong and Chen Wangdao, which are published as part of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC.

 


Launching ceremony of the 1st “Humanism and City Spirit” Forum (from left: Wang Jisheng, Director of Shanghai Humanism Memorial Research Institute, Zuo Xuejin, Executive Vice-President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, well-known author Ye Xin and Cao Weiming, Head of Culture, Radio and TV Administration of Qingpu District)

Xiong Yuezhi, Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the History Research Institute pointed out in his speech at the forum, “through the humanism memorial and the study of scholars of the past, we could remind the society to respect, value and cherish life, which is not only of great significance to enrich the urban humanism connotation of Shanghai and uphold the spirit of the city, but also the urgent need of our country in transition and lacking of religious traditions to build a socialist harmonious society.”



Xiong Yuezhi, Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the History Research Institute interviewed by Xinhua News Agency

Complement Each Other's Advantages through Cross-Industry Cooperation
Shanghai Humanism Memorial Research Institute is a research institute jointly established by the Institute of History and Shanghai Fu Shou Yuan to inherit and carry forward the humanistic spirit of the city. Through 16 years’ exploration and practice, Shanghai Fu Shou Yuan has become a unique memorial park collecting cultural heritages from across the city. On June 26, 2010, Shanghai Humanism Memorial Museum was inaugurated in Shanghai Fu Shou Yuan, which is the first humanism museum in China with first-class facilities and integrating functions such as collection, exhibition, research, communication and education.

The Humanism Memorial Research Institute is established to carry out in-depth study on personages in modern Shanghai and humanism memorial practices under different religious and cultural backgrounds and make the think tank of academic research, project development and information service in humanism memorial in Shanghai to provide enlightenment and guidance for the prosperity and improvement of humanism memorial in modern times.

Fu Shou Yuan is rich in cultural resources and the Institute of History has great ability in research. Both sides could complement each other’s advantages through cooperation and explore new ways of cooperation between cemeteries and academic research institutions.

Great Success over the Past Half a Year

Shanghai Humanism Memorial Research Institute boasts a team of experts consisting of 25 backbone research fellows and senior consultants from the Advisory Board of Shanghai Humanism Memorial Museum such as Deng Weizhi, Ye Xin, Ye Yonglie, Zuo Xuejin, Wang Qiushi, Chen Xiejun and Ge Jianxiong. Xiong Yuezhi, Vice President of Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences and Director of the History Research Institute is appointed as the Honorary Director of the Institute.

Over the past half a year, Shanghai Humanism Memorial Research Institute has published two journals and one book, namely the first volume of Collections of Studies on Shanghai Celebrities in 2011, the supplement to the 2011 “Oral History” of the Historical Review and the Life Story—Cherish the Memory of Scholars of the Past, which are of great success in the study of celebrities in Shanghai in modern times.

2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution and the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC. The Institute has carried out studies on personages and celebrities as part of the celebrations of the two anniversaries. Among them, there are over-300,000-word data related to the subject study of key figures in the history of the CPC such as Chen Duxiu, Yu Xiusong and Chen Wangdao, including their lives, achievements, original data, audio and video files and photograph and etc.

 



Leaders and distinguished guests attending the first “Humanism Memorial and City Spirit” Forum posing for group photo