Translations of Non-Mingshi Texts

Contributions gratefully accepted.

 1. Gu Yanwu (1613–1682), Disquisitions on the Imperial System (Junxian lun; ca.1670s), translated and introduced by Miranda Brown is available here. (C) Miranda Brown.   In Miranda Brown,“Returning the Gaze: An Experiment in Reviving Gu Yanwu (1613–1682),” in Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts 1 (2011).
The article is available in full at this link.

2. Johannes L. Kurz, “Two Early Ming Texts on Borneo,” Ming Studies 70 (2015): 60-72 has translations of an account by Song Lian of an 1371 Ming embassy to Borneo and a 1408 epitaph by Hu Guang for the Borneo king who died while visiting the Yongle court.  Here are two further translations on Borneo kindly provided by Johannes Kurz.

3. A list of translated, published Ming poems is at

4. Biography of Hong Chengchou, from the Draft Qing History.

5.Leif Littrup’s translation of Chapter 20 of the Da Ming Huidian.

6. Blog on Ming Taizu’s Huangling Stele.