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Chinese film collection

Identifier: COD0000007-ACC 2009-0001

In October of 2009, the University of South Carolina welcomed an historic gift of films from the People's Republic of China. The gift included nearly 900 titles on 35mm and 16mm film donated by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America (Washington, D.C.). The Embassy collection is of particular interest as a document of cultural diplomacy in that it represents what Chinese officials thought the people of the United States should see and know about China after the normalization of diplomatic relations in 1979. Films include documentaries of life in China, animated films, and full length feature films. The gift was made possible through the combined efforts of the University of South Carolina's Confucius Institute, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University Libraries, with the cooperation of the China Film Archive, the Beijing Film Academy, and Beijing Language and Culture University. The Confucius Institute and the University Libraries are working together to expand the collection.


  • 1947-1995


This collection has been processed. Portions may be viewed online; the remainder may be accessed upon request.

Additional information about the items in this collection can be found in the MIRC Reference Catalog.

For more information contact curator Lydia Pappas at

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1,787,175 feet of film

425 Linear Feet

Physical Location

Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC). 707 Catawba St. Columbia, SC 29208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America in 2009.

Repository Details

Part of the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) Repository

707 Catawba Street
Columbia SC 29208

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