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REMINDER: The deadline for the 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize competition is soon approaching. Translations should be submitted by the deadline of August 1, 2019. The 2018 prizes were awarded to Dawn Lawson for Nakajima Shōen’s A Famous Flower in Mountain Seclusion (Sankan no meika, 1889) and to Max Zimmerman for the short story, “An Artificial Heart” (Jinkō Shinzō, 1936) by Kosakai Fuboku. For further information please see the Cornell Asian Studies Department website.

The Chinese Discovery of America: Gavin Menzies and 1421

October 2, 2006
Volume 4 | Issue 10
The Chinese Discovery of America: Gavin Menzies and 1421

By Kirsten Seaver


Kirsten Seaver is the author of Maps, Myths and Men: The Story of the Vinland Map.

To access the article, click on the final link below . . . Walrus . . .


Recently she turned her attention to assessing the evidential basis for Gavin Menzies’ controversial best-selling book 1421: The Year China Discovered America.

Her article, which raises important questions of global history, hoax and historical evidence, is Walrus Pitch and Other Novelties: Gavin Menzies and the Far North.

The article is posted at Japan Focus on October 15, 2006.