First book on Jews in NE China published
HARBIN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- A book on the history of the Jewish community in northeast China was published Monday in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang Province.
The book, titled "Research on Jews in Northeast China," was written by Zhang Tiejiang, deputy director of Center of Jewish Studies under the Heilongjiang Provincial Academy of Social Sciences. It explores the political, economic and cultural activities of Jews living in the area from the mid-19th century to the 1960s.
A large number of Jews swarmed into northeast China from the early 20th century due to the colonial expansion of Tsarist Russia. They stayed in China, doing business and carrying out a variety of community, cultural and religious activities.
The 10-chapter book depicts a historical panorama of the Jewish community, provided insight into capital issues and political tendencies of the group, and introducing important Jewish families, according to Zhao Liantai, a history professor at Harbin Normal University.
"The book is full of precious historical records and gives an objective and fair evaluation of a specific group of Jews," Zhao said.